ICC bans 'runners' in cricket

2011-06-27 20:09

Cape Town - The International Cricket Council's Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) unanimously agreed at its Hong Kong conference to abolish runners for injured players in international cricket.

According to the ICC's website, the CEC also agreed with the ICC Cricket Committee's recommendations for the further enhancement of international 50-over cricket with the restriction of the elective powerplays to between the 16th and 40th overs of each innings and also to the use of two new balls per innings - one from each end. This will come into effect from 1 October.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "Even though the success of 50-over cricket played during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was universally acknowledged, the CEC rightly supported the enhancements recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee to strengthen the format further, including encouraging Members to trial some specific innovations in their domestic cricket."

These innovations include a review of the maximum number of overs that a bowler can bowl; an increase from one to two for the number of short balls permitted per over; no compulsory requirement for close catchers; and a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle during non-powerplay overs.

The committee also agreed on stricter sanctions against captains for slow over-rates in Test cricket. A captain will now be suspended for two over-rate breaches in a 12-month period in any one format of the game rather than the current position which is three breaches prior to suspension.


  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 20:24

    Its Cricket, who cares?

      HadEnuf - 2011-06-27 20:28

      No doubt you are a wendyball fan.

      Warslat - 2011-06-27 20:28

      Obviously you do, why else would you click on a link entitled "ICC bans 'runners' in cricket"

      Lee - 2011-06-27 20:34

      you're an idiot

      Ian - 2011-06-27 20:38

      some of us love the game, if you dont then please piss off

      Mkindknee - 2011-06-27 21:03

      Why did you even care to read this dumb Mad Dog? Mad you are! as for being a dog SPCA can take 2 jail for insulting dogs.

      tdk25 - 2011-06-27 21:41

      you cared enough to post a stupid comment

      Bill - 2011-06-27 22:38

      His name says it all, just as irritating as the little poodle thing next door that stands at the fence and yaps.Of no consequence, just irritating.

      OZNOB - 2011-06-27 23:17

      I CARE

      Gunner - 2011-06-28 12:09


      tracer - 2011-06-28 18:51

      why did you read the article? and why on earth did you comment if you don't care? ***sigh***

  • Ian - 2011-06-27 20:36

    well well, thats all settled then and that applies to you as well strauss, oh wait oops my bad, you dont score enough to qualify for a runner lol lol

  • Skrappie - 2011-06-27 20:42

    I don't like cricket, I love it!

      Ian - 2011-06-27 20:44

      100 %

  • gene lou - 2011-06-27 20:56

    Plaas dat hulle kyk na hoe hulle die skeidsregter se beluite kan verbeter as wat hulle oor so n on benullige deel van krieket besluit

      Marcell - 2011-06-28 04:08

      Dit sal match fixing bemoeilik.

      tracer - 2011-06-28 18:52

      how so marcell?

  • trindian - 2011-06-27 21:00


  • Deon - 2011-06-27 22:09

    Where do the most England players stay when they tour South Africa?Answer: At their parents' houses.

      Lucas Potgieter - 2011-06-28 11:41

      That was funny three years ago!!!!

      Gunner - 2011-06-28 12:10

      old boeta!!!

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-06-27 22:19

    Just kill the shorter formats. I don't know why we are catering to ADD kids of the world that can't appreciate Test cricket.

      Gunner - 2011-06-28 12:12

      crap man!!!.....just stop watching then...stop moaning like a biaach!!!

  • Bill - 2011-06-27 22:36

    Oh Sh*t, here we go again, meddling with something that already works! Why ban runners? This has been a feature of cricket for at least 100 years and is part and parcel of the game. Players who are injured in the field can continue to contribute to their team's effort to win the game, with the added risk and uncertainty of someone else running for you. This decision stinks. As for all the other changes, they are artificial changes to an artificial form of the game in any event. Whatever happened to the concept of a fair contest between bat and ball? The one-day game is skewed in favour of the bat, whilst the shorter 20 over monstrosity is just a hit and giggle event at best.

      Bluejeans - 2011-06-28 01:33

      I can't agree more. A team is already handicapped when a player has to bat with a runner. Now they are handicapping the team further by pretty much putting an injured batsman out of the game. Seems like we will see the end of heroic performances by injured players who somehow manage to win games for their teams.

  • thabo.tebele - 2011-06-27 23:37

    Messing around with the gentle men 's game.Just like the Mad Dod here.

  • William - 2011-06-28 01:22

    70% Business 30% show this game aint the same cause it's all about the doe. My rhyming skills may not be that great lol, but on thing is certain it is all about the money. Lets get those fickle fans who know jack about the game into the stands by making the game more "exiting." Let's spit on the graves of the legends who have made this game great with hard work and determination. If they continue like this Cricket will be no better then the WWE wrestling soapy. But hey what do i know right....

  • Marcell - 2011-06-28 04:08

    There are quite a few runners in cricket: The naked type. The person that run between the bookmakers(Not Naspers) and the players. The person that will run on behalf of an injured player.

      tracer - 2011-06-28 18:55

      it must suck to be you.....all alone at home with the internet cos the headmaster won't let you back.

  • Flinger - 2011-06-28 07:42

    I really wish they wouldnt try and fix what aint broke, cricket is steeped in history and tradition, maximum overs per bowler is a critical part of the game as teams win on strategic merit...if its no longer enforced then just play Steyn and Morkel all day till their arms fall off...really silly, just leave cricket alone and stop trying to please the 6 run seeking indian fans.

  • The_Empire - 2011-06-28 07:49

    Oh no, what is Mr G Smith going to do now when he gets tired???

  • Caleb Moyce - 2011-06-28 09:27

    Cricket doesn't need your enhancements!!! Leave the game as is!!

  • fishycraig - 2011-06-28 11:27

    I am in two minds about this. Runners add so much to the game - what with runouts and the confusion. However, a Test is a "test" of the player. When he gets injured he either carries on or goes off. Tricky one.

      Bluejeans - 2011-06-28 14:20

      That would be final if it was an individual game, but cricket is a team sport. In some sports injured players can be replaced. Why should a cricket team effectively be reduced to 10 men if someone can bat but can't run?

      tracer - 2011-06-28 18:57

      because running is an integral part of can't do one and not the other.....

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