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Dean Jones bats for introduction of 8-run shot in T20 cricket

Dean Jones wants eight runs for a big hit landing 85 metres off the boundary rope in T20 cricket, believing it will add to the popularity of the shortest format of the game.

cricket Updated: May 26, 2018 21:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Dean Jones wants eight runs for a big hit landing 85 metres off the boundary rope in T20 cricket, believing it will add to the popularity of the shortest format of the game. (IANS)

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones has an innovative suggestion to make T20 games more interesting. Jones, who is currently in India covering the IPL as a commentator, wants eight runs for those big hits that go beyond 85 metres.

Emphasizing on the need to keep reinventing the game to make it more relevant in today’s times, Jones said that the proposed eight-run shot will add to the popularity of the T20 cricket.

“The only innovation I’d like to see is that we are very good with technology, so every six hit over 85 metres should be an eight,” Jones was quoted as saying by the AFP ahead of Sunday’s IPL final between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai.

“They love Chris Gayle and all these boys that hit (the ball) miles. Same in golf, they love Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who hit 350 meters.

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“If the game is on the line and they want eight and hit it over 85 metres, and you are hoping Gayle, (Andre) Russell or (Kieron) Pollard is there, it goes for eight,” said Jones.

The 57-year-old further added that there have been precedents of changing scores for big shots in the history of cricket, and therefore, there is no reason as to why it can’t be done now.

“If you cleared the pickets in the 1870s or early 1880s it used to be a five and to get a six you had to clear the ground proper. Australia’s Joe Darling hit the first six in a Test in 1898. He cleared the ground.

“So every law in the game has been changed, tweaked and manipulated except one and that’s the length of the pitch (22 yards),” he said.

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Jones was all praise for the IPL terming it a best cricket event by miles.

“It’s the third most watched sport in the world after the English Premier League and the NFL (National Football League).

“In terms of players it’s the best by miles. In terms of viewership, it attracts the biggest numbers,” he said.

Referred to as Professor Deano in commentary circles, Jones also said that Test cricket would struggle for survival amid growing popularity of the shortest format.

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“Test doesn’t get your arousal levels up as (much as) a T20 match. Come down to the wire, 15 off the last over, how many times does that happen in Test cricket?

“How many ties are there in the limited-overs version? So it’s coming down to what television wants and TV is demanding T20 cricket,” he concluded.

First Published: May 26, 2018 14:48 IST