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Red cards & sin bins could be introduced in cricket

A trial will look at introducing more punitive measures for cricketers who behave badly on the field.

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CAPE TOWN – Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have produced a green paper that in their words will look to “arrest declining standards of player behaviour” on the cricket field.

The MCC are the traditional guardians of the laws of cricket and have invited schools, universities and league bodies to participate in a trial period this year.

The trial could include on field sanctions in the form of red cards, yellow cards, sin bins and penalty runs to address increasing bad behaviour on the field of play. 

The paper indicates "Whilst the majority of cricket is played in a competitive but fair spirit, there are some players, or even teams, whose behaviour is below what is expected for cricket,” 

It goes onto read “Indeed, five matches in the UK had to be abandoned in 2015, following outbreaks of violence."

For example, players could be red carded and sent off if their behaviour or language is seen as threatening towards the umpires or another person.

A yellow card could also result in a sin bin of up to 10 minutes for threats of assault or intimidation of an umpire or another player, a sin bin would result in a five run penalty.

Acts such as time wasting, a bowler throwing the ball towards the opposition batsmen and dissent towards players and officials could all fall come under the range of the new laws.

The initiative is being undertaken by the MCC before a new Code of the Laws is set to be published next year.

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