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International Journal of Physical and Social Sciences
Year : 2015, Volume : 5, Issue : 10
First page : ( 434) Last page : ( 441)
Online ISSN : 2249-5894.

A Review: The Chronology of Changes in the Law 6 of Cricket

Murtaza Syed Tariq*PhD, Ali Shamshad**, Katiyar Ashish Kumar***

*Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education, A.M.U., Aligarh (U.P.) India

**Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engg. Section, University Polytechnic, A.M.U., Aligarh (U.P.), India

***Research Scholar, Department of Physical Education, A.M.U., Aligarh (U.P.) India

Online published on 24 February, 2016.


Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) established the set of rules which describes the laws of cricket worldwide to ensure uniformity and fairness in the game. There are currently 42 laws in which one of them is the Law 6 related with the bat which is the base of this present study. There has been a major transformation in cricket bats throughout the history. Since the initially systematized guidelines were composed in 1744, the sequence of changes influencing the bat comes in 1774 (first rule for the bat), 1809, 1979, and 2008 respectively. The changes might have made some sense to protect the spirit and balance of the game. They subsequently ruled the bats illegal under Law 6.2 (2000 code - 2nd edition 2003) relating to covering material. The MCC as the Guardian of the Laws of Cricket has a duty to maintain the traditional balance between the bat and the ball. In recent years, it has been evident that the bat is starting to dominate. Furthermore, with the developments in technology and materials, a few cricket bats have appeared in the market with potential performance-enhancing properties. MCC believes that, if the cricket bat becomes too powerful, it will be detrimental to the sport that forces to MCC to change Law 6(the bat) and a 3rd edition of the 2000 code was published in 2008 with newly created appendix E for the bat.


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