Jacques Kallis calls for ODI rule change in one specific area

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South African great Jacques Kallis believes an amendment should be made the to powerplay rule to prevent the ODI format becoming too batter friendly.

The current powerplay laws state that:

  • During the first 10 overs of an innings a maximum of two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
  • Between overs 11 and 40 a maximum of four fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
  • In the final 10 overs (41–50) a maximum of five fielders will be allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle.

This incarnation of the laws was implemented in July 2015. Between 1992-2012, a total of five fielders were allowed outside of the inner ring during all non-powerplay overs.

It is the middle phase that concerns Kallis the most, with the legendary all-rounder believing a return to five fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle would be more appropriate to produce a balanced game.

“I do feel there needs to be one or two little tweaks going forward, because I think bowlers are really finding it tough on good wickets when they are under pressure,” he said on the ICC website (via Sport24).

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“So the old format when after 10 overs you’re allowed five fielders outside the circle, I think the bowlers do need that option, especially the spin bowlers.

“That’s the one tweak I would like to see in the one-day game, give the bowlers something back. The wickets shouldn’t always be 350-plus wickets as well.

“Sometimes you have to find a balance between bat and ball and give the bowlers something to work with, especially with the new ball to make those first few overs a bit tougher.

“That will give the bowlers a little bit more of a chance in those early overs and force the batting teams to play a bit smarter in that period of the game.

“It is important that there is that balance between bat and ball in one-day cricket and by having that extra fielder out, by having wickets that offer the bowlers a little bit of something.

“Otherwise who wants to be a bowler? It’s hard work as it is and that’s why keeping that balance is vital so each guy gets a fair opportunity to showcase his skills.”

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Speaking in his role as an ICC ambassador, Kallis praised the tournament as a whole and spoke upon the impact 50-over cricket has had.

“I do believe people are really excited that 50-over cricket is still getting supported the way it is, certainly we could make one-day series not as long as they sometimes are,” he added.

“Rather than five or seven one-day games in a series, make it a little bit less so there’s more weight to it, but at the end of the day I think the World Cup was a success this year.

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“This ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has definitely lived up to expectations. I had a little bit of concern beforehand that the bat would overpower the ball.

“That’s not necessarily proven the case. We’ve seen in a lot of the games it’s been a fair contest which has made for an exciting tournament and some exciting results.

“I for one have been very impressed by it and I feel really good about 50-over cricket going forward, because this World Cup has been a great showcase for the game.”

 

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