Steven Finn problems lead to new no-ball rule

The sight of England fast bowler Steven Finn knocking over the stumps in his delivery stride has led MCC to draw up a new no-ball rule that will take effect in October, it was announced Thursday.

From October 1, if the bowler breaks the stumps at his end during the act of delivery, a no-ball will be called and signalled by the umpire said a statement issued by Lord’s based Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which still retains worldwide responsibility for cricket’s Laws.

At present, there is no specific provision for what officials ought to do when this happens, although the Laws allow the umpire to call and signal ‘dead ball’ if the on-strike batsman is distracted.

Finn has already been denied two international wickets, when the umpire has ruled ‘dead ball’ rather than raise his finger after the Middlesex paceman disturbed the bails with a kink in his knee as he approached the stumps.Read more
Courtesy : sports.ndtv.com

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