Batsman should get LBW if any ball hits stumps: Ian Chappell

NEW DELHI: Former Australian Captain Ian Chappell has proposed radical changes to the LBW laws, stating that a batter must receive a leg before the ball hits the stumps, regardless of the place of its landing and impact.

Chappell also said that captains should agree on a way to work the ball that encourages bowling, even when the ICC is considering the use of artificial substances to make the ball shine instead of sweat and saliva in the post-COVID-19 scenario.

The new lbw law should simply say, Any delivery that hits the platform without hitting the bat first and, in the referee's opinion, would continue to hit the stumps is out regardless of whether or not a shot is attempted. wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.

Forget where the ball is thrown and whether it hits the platform off the line or not; if you're going to hit the stumps, you're out.

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The 76-year-old said the change in the lbw law would draw expected criticism from hitters, but would make the game fairer.

There will be screams of horror, particularly from the spoiled hitters, but there are numerous positives that this change would bring to the game. The most important thing is justice.

If a bowler is prepared to attack stumps regularly, the batter must only be able to protect his gate with the bat. The pads are there to save the batter from injury and not discard.

It would also force hitters to find an attack method to combat a wrist shooter who throws into the hard exterior of the stump of his right leg, Chappell said.

He cited Sachin Tendulkar example of how he negotiated Shane warne 's round the wicket tactic during the 1997-98 test series in India.

"Contrast Sachin Tendulkar 's aggressive and successful approach to Shane warne coming round the wicket in Chennai in 1997-98 with a batsman who kicks away deliveries pitching in the rough and turning in toward the stumps. Which would you rather watch?

Current law encourages padding to balls thrown off the leg, while this change would require them to use their bat. The change would reward stump attackers and lessen the need for wide negative deliveries to an offside field, he said.

Chappell said his proposed change to the lbw law would also reduce DRS's frivolous challenges.

This change to the lbw law would also simplify arbitration and result in fewer frivolous DRS challenges. Consequently, it would speed up a game that has slowed dramatically in recent times.

It would also make the Four-Day Trials an even more viable proposition, as the huge totals for the first entries would be almost non-existent.

In lieu of shining the ball without sweat and spit, Chappell said international captains should find a way to improve the ball.

With ball manipulation it is always a hot topic, in the past I have suggested that managers ask international captains to build a list (i.e. use of natural substances) detailing the things that bowlers feel they They will help them balance the ball.

From this list, administrators should consider one method to be legal and all others to be punishable as illegal, added the cricketer-turned-commentator.