Former Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne has suggested three major changes to be done in T20 cricket to make it a more competitive and a better contest between the bat and the ball.
Warne, who is currently the mentor for Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing Indian Premier League, suggested that the boundary size should be increased in the games and if not, then the grass should be kept on the outfield.
Taking to the social media platform Twitter, Warne pointed out three changes he wants to bring an improvement in the T20 form of the game. He wrote “I would improve T/20 cricket by 1 boundaries as big as poss at each venue & on small grounds keep grass on the outfield long,”
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Warne, in his second suggestion said that at least two bowlers must be allowed to bowl five overs each instead of the regular four, and finally he suggested that the pitch conditions should be similar to that of a fourth day in a Test match. “2 Bowlers a max of 5 overs not four3 Pitch must = day 4 test match pitch & not be a flat rd As we all want a contest between bat & ball not just 6’s,” the former legspinner wrote in his tweet.
Warne also tagged a number of former cricketers including Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Stephen Fleming ,Sachin Tendulkar, Mel Jones, Mark Waugh, and Isa Guha.
Warne’s remarks have come at a crucial time as the T20 format of the game seems to have become more of a batsmen’s game.The way the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League has progressed so far, it just confirms the same. In the 18 matches that have taken place so far in the tournament, the pitches have favoured the batsmen big time, as bowlers have found it particularly difficult to pick wickets in the dry pitches in the UAE, and especially with a smaller boundary in the Sharjah, where teams have easily reached totals in excess of 200.
The dew has added extra pressure for the bowlers, especially the spinners, who have found it difficult to grip the ball in the ongoing tournament.
Earlier Warne also said that the bowlers have started to play with a defensive mindset rather than playing with an attacking mindset. “Batsmen are getting better and have been awesome yes – but the bowling really needs to improve at the same rate! The mindset is defence and not attack. Sure these tiny boundaries don’t help – but they can still get better at executing their skills,” the Aussie legend tweeted.
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