The ICC's nod to measures that would refurbish world cricket may have finally come, yet it would be interesting to note their impact on the dynamics of the game.
DRS minus the Hawkeye
The mandatory use of DRS will ensure that all Tests will now be played under same guidelines. It may not be foolproof yet, but adopting the system might prove to be the first step towards developing it further. Unlike Hotspot, Hawkeye has been the sore point for some players and boards. While it is believed that the projected path of the ball, even after the impact, is 100% accurate till 2.4 meters from the stumps, it's difficult to fathom why it becomes unreliable at 2.5 meters. Similarly, the fact that brushing the stumps would not be considered hitting the stumps has left many stumped. While a lot of work is still needed to make it perfect, it's only just if we continued to use it till the point of impact. The Hawkeye was a brilliant tool to ascertain if the ball pitched in line or outside leg-stump and if the impact was within the stumps or outside in case a shot was offered.
Two balls, a bad news for spinners
The move may reduce the role of spinners drastically. These balls won't get old till the 15th over, which in the new rule means 30 overs in a game. To make matters worse for the tweakers, the power-play overs will now have to be taken between the 16th and 40th over.
Now, either the spinners must bowl with the new ball, that is before the 16th over or bowl with the chunk of their overs with the field restrictions.No runner: Players to be blamed
We have seen many a crucial innings played by injured batsmen, for they had the option of getting a runner. Players are to be blamed for this ruling.
A lot of players were guilty of masking injuries, for they knew that the option of a substitute runner was always available. The abuse of this rule has led to its scrapping. It may not be a bad idea to allow a runner in case of an external injury that has taken place on the field.