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ICC likely to scrap super-sub rule

"There is no desire to create a situation where 12 players are used to do the job of 11," said ICC general manager David Richardson.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 21:19 IST

After drawing flak from various quarters, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives' committee has recommended the scrapping of the super sub rule.

The recommendation will now go to the ICC executive board for final ratification.

"The intention of Sunil Gavaskar and the panel of former players on the ICC cricket committee which recommended the trial of this playing condition was to encourage teams to make greater use of all-rounders in the ODI game," ICC general managerDavid Richardson said in a statement.

"In practice, teams have elected to nominate a specialist player as the substitute and this is placing undue importance on winning the toss.

"There is no desire to create a situation where 12 players are used to do the job of 11 so we did not support the alternate view of allowing substitutes to be nominated after the toss.

"The proposal that the playing condition be discontinued has been endorsed by the executive committee and will now go to the board for ratification."

If the board accepts this recommendation, the super sub playing condition will no longer apply to series that start after March 21 this year.

The chief executives committee also recommended that the other trial ODI playing condition which deals with fielding restrictions should be deferred to the April meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee, chaired by Gavaskar, before a final decision is made on its future.

The other decisions endorsed by the chief executives committee were a proposal for a Twenty20 World Championship as early as Sep 2007 and a revamped ICC Champions Trophy featuring just the top eight teams in world cricket from 2008.

These recommendations are part of the overall package of ICC events to be included in the international cricketing calendar after the World Cup 2007.

The package also includes the World Cup in 2011 and 2015, the Women's World Cup in 2009 and 2013, and the under-19 World Cup in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

--Indo-Asian News Service


First Published: Feb 16, 2006 21:12 IST