New Delhi: As the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) implement new rules regarding the width of cricket bats, maestro Sachin Tendulkar said the cricket pitches should be made keeping the bowlers in mind to counter the added advantage the batsmen get. In a recent report, it was revealed that the width of the cricket bats have significantly increased and with most of the contemporary batsmen using the thick cricket bats, it becomes easier for them to get the ball past the rope. It has been observed that even the mistimed hits or the ones not involving much power also find the rope and Tendulkar has said that making the pitch bowler-friendly can come in handy to maintain the balance in the game.
Talking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Tendulkar said, “The wickets need to change; they need to be more helpful for bowlers. In T20s, the greatest of bowlers are being reverse-swept. Three-hundred is no longer competitive in ODIs. So there should be at least one format where bowlers have a better chance of executing their skills and making it more interesting for spectators. I don’t think it’s got much to do with bats, but I’m sure people on the (relevant) panel will be able to look into it.”
Earlier, names like Josh Hazelwood, Ricky Ponting and Ian Chappell had raised the issue, asking for a change in laws relating to dimensions of the bat to which MCC responded and with Tendulkar joining the league, it will be interesting to see what changes do the committee bring.