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The ICC’s not playing with a straight bat with regard to rules

india Updated: Jun 29, 2011 23:20 IST

The ICC’s not playing with a straight bat with regard to rules

If the new International Cricket Council (ICC) guidelines end the concept of runners in cricket, they should also do away with substitute fielders (‘If runners are banned, why allow bowlers to drink water’, June 29). The ICC is turning cricket into a reality show. It has introduced many drastic changes in the recent past, which will affect the sport’s popularity, as both players and fans are confused about the pros and cons of the new rules.

Akanksha Jagannathan, via email

Long on rhetoric, short on action

Kapil Sibal in A free-floating entity (June 27) makes a strong case against the formulation of a lokpal. But he fails to justify the government’s diffidence while defending the integrity of the PM and bureaucrats. The truth is that every institution has its share of black sheep. We need to ignore the theatrics of civil society activists and keep the focus on the creation of an extra-constitutional body to put the corrupt in their place.

Bishan Sahai, via email

It’s not the activists but politicians who have become the Frankenstein’s monster. They have assumed that they are unaccountable. What is the point of reiterating what the Constitution guarantees people if the MPs are the first ones to break the rules?

Gopal Karunakaran, via email

Make existing laws work first

This refers to the editorial Laws as laws in themselves (Our Take, June 28). Why isn’t the government paying attention to the experts’ advice that India doesn’t need new laws but the Centre should fix the loopholes in the existing ones? There are enough laws to tackle various crimes. But they are not foolproof and the judiciary seems to lack the will to implement them in earnest.

MC Joshi, Lucknow