Six most controversial rules in cricket

Six most controversial rules in cricket

Cricket is full of rules and some of them have been frequently being debated. In this piece, we break down a few of them.

Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

There is a saying that introducing cricket to a person who hasn’t ever watched it is really difficult. It is based upon the fact that the game is so complex and has so many rules that a new viewer might get confused. But, despite all these complications of remembering all the rules, cricket has been loved and watched by more than 2 billion people in this world right now. 

But, with those many eyeballs, whenever something happens, it is bound to get several opinions and points of view. Some of these rules hence have gone to become controversial. In this piece, we will look back at some of the rules which have come under scrutiny for the absurdness around them and also altered and talked about a lot of times by fans, players, journalists, and officials. 

Here are the six most controversial rules in cricket:

1. Umpire’s call

Umpire giving out
Umpire giving out. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Umpire’s call is one rule in cricket that has been in the news for quite some time now. The rule states that when a DRS is being checked if the impact and the spot where the trajectory of the ball is going past the stumps are in a particular spot then it will be the umpire’s call instead of being called hitting or on- line. 

The updated rule suggests that if more than 50% of the ball is hitting the wicket zone, then the call will be given as out. And if less than 50% of the ball is hitting the wicket zone then the call will be given as umpire’s call, which means the original decision of the on-field umpire will be considered. Now, if you think about this, there can be at times inconsistency with some decisions. 

As a result, the rule has often been called out by players and fans to be removed. However, the ICC has persisted with the rule despite all of that and they even increased the wicket zone to accommodate the umpire’s call. The main reason why this exists is that there have been calls the ball tracking system which is in use can’t be 100% accurate on all calls. Hence, when less than 50% of the ball is in the wicket zone, there is a sense of doubt and the TV umpire can’t really overrule the decision of the on-field umpire in that situation.