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Umpire Should Declare Dead Ball If Batsman Plays A Switch-Hit: Ian Chappell

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Sydney: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell suggested that shots like switch-hits, which gives an unfair advantage to batsmen should be banned.

Players like Australians Glenn Maxwell and David Warner have used the switch-hit shot effectively in T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League and international cricket.

Chappell, like many other former players who have spoken against the switch-hit, has said that it is unfair that the bowler has to tell the umpire beforehand that he is going to bowl right or left arm over or around, but the batsmen is allowed to switch his stance and grip in the middle of the delivery without umpire or bowler’s permission.

“In the case of the switch hit, the batsman has one prime objective in mind: to make the bowler’s field placings redundant. Considering the bowler – in consultation with his captain – places his field taking into account the batsman’s style, how can it then be fair that the batsman becomes the opposite type of player with the bowler having no recourse to a change of field?” he said

Chappell has given another alternative suggesting on-field umpires to call it a dead ball every time a batsman attempt to play switch-hit. The players will obviously stop playing the outrageous shot in due course if umpires call it a dead ball.

“The square-leg umpire is already paying close attention to the batsman’s feet in case there is a stumping, so he’ll notice any change of order. If a batsman changes the order of his feet, then the square-leg umpire ought to simply declare the ball dead and no runs result,” he said.

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