Former England skipper David Gower gave his thumbs up to the rule regarding penalising the bowling team in The Hundred tournament, which concluded on Sunday night, with Southern Brave winning the men’s competition and Oval Invincible claiming the women’s trophy.
The ECB introduced plenty of funky, new rules in the newest format of cricket. One of which was forcing the fielding team to bring one fielder inside the circle if they fail to complete their bowling in stipulated time. This has an impact on the game as the batters now have one region empty to target in the death.
Considering that the IPL matches are often elongated – sometimes it even goes past midnight – David Gower said this rule of The Hundred – penalising teams for their slow over-rate on the field itself – can be applied in the IPL as well.
“If the IPL were to adopt that one idea from The Hundred, which is to penalize the fielding side if they’re too slow, with field placing, that would make a difference to any game. So maybe that’s one of the good ideas to come out of The Hundred,” David Gower told Cricket.com.
You’ve got to fine the teams in a way that it works: David Gower
The 64-year-old former batsman reckons fining players for slow over rates isn’t really a strict punishment as the cricketers are already paid handsomely.
In the last WTC cycle, the ICC introduced docking of points for teams if they fell behind their overs rates. David Gower agrees with this idea of the governing council.
“I don’t get too upset by over rates. But it would be nice if people could stick to the over rates. There is no easy answer. They’ve tried fining people, but nowadays the odd bit of money disappearing doesn’t seem to make a jot of difference to players, who are already incredibly well paid. Maybe this points thing is valid. Maybe you’ve got to fine the teams in a way that it works,” he added.
Indeed, the docking of points cost Australia, potentially, a place in the WTC final. Australia fell short of 2 overs in the required time against India at MCG and missed out marginally to New Zealand.
India and England were recently docked two points each for slow over-rate in the first Test at Trent Bridge.