Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:45:41 GMT | By Vineet Sharma

The 'worst' rules of cricket

The Sehwag-Randiv row has racked up many issues in the 'gentleman's game'. The arguments have ranged from punishments to gamesmanship to changing the rule book. It certainly has been the talking point of the cricket-crazy nation where almost every person has an opinion. What most of the pundits and the media at large have failed to establish is whether the no-ball rule needs to be tinkered with to avoid such mishaps in the future? Mind you, this isn't the only rule in the game of cricket that has come under fire due to some controversy. The game over the years has seen instances that have exposed the loop-holes in the rule book. MSN India takes a look at a few cricket rules that actually needs a seriously look-in before the next 'rule casualty' becomes a subject of debate....

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The 'worst' rules of cricket

No-ball run rule

The whole drama at Dambulla began just because Virender Sehwag was not allowed to add his sixer to his individual tally of runs because the no-ball happened before he hit it and therefore the century was not given.

The current rule

If a team requires one run to win the match and the bowler over steps to bowl a no-ball, the single run derived from the illegal delivery would take the team to victory and the match would end immediately. Therefore, even if the batsmen would have taken runs of the delivery, those would not be added to his personal score as the game would have deemed to have ended once the no-ball has been bowled.

The change needed

The batsman should be allowed his share of runs from a no-ball, even if that single run from the no-ball achieves the win for the side. The logic behind this is to provide the batsmen a fair deal for the all the runs which he has scored off the ball. And more importantly, it shuts out any chance of repeat of Randiv-Sehwag kind of episode.

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