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ODI fielding restrictions – four men outside the circle

Bowled on 11th January, 2013 at 09:37 by
Category: Extras

A one-day international (ODI) rule change is nothing new. They fiddle with the regulations more often than Sir Jimmy fiddled with… no, that’s not an acceptable analogy.

While rule changes are rarely in themselves interesting, they do just about become worthy of discussion when you think about the impact on a team’s tactics and strategy. The latest change is that at no point in the innings will the fielding side be allowed five fielders on the boundary, as was previously the case. This basically means that there’s always a boundary shot available, but singles are slightly harder to come by.

Clearly this is an attempt to bring more big shots to the middle overs, but will it work like that? So long as the captain isn’t a complete tool, the obvious boundary shot is always going to be the riskiest. Set against that is the fact that with more single-saving fielders, it becomes an even bigger focal point for the batsman.

A lot of the bigger-hitting one-day batsmen boast more brawn than finesse, but this might not help them when there’s only really one viable segment of boundary to aim for. Skill and timing should bring more fours than mindless heaves, in which case what kind of batsman do you want at the crease during these passages of play and what approach should they take?

Do you still try and work the ball around, accepting that there’ll be fewer singles available, or do you try and exploit the gap? Clearly tactics have to be flexible, but could this change have an impact on which approach is given greater emphasis? Does the extra inner ring fielder sound the death-knell for the nurdler or is it really just a matter of the same batsmen playing slightly differently?

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    Ged   //   January 11th, 2013 at 11:58

    Same batsmen paying slightly differently.

    And same bowlers bowling slightly differently.

    Next.

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    John   //   January 11th, 2013 at 12:05

    I think they’re slyly trying to kill the 50-over format, even if only subconsciously.

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    Bert   //   January 11th, 2013 at 13:02

    Does this apply to ODI Cricket Darts?

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    Deep Cower   //   January 11th, 2013 at 14:12

    I’d think, given the perimeter of the boundary circle is much larger than the inner ring, that the absence of a fielder in the boundary would have a much bigger impact than the presence or absence of a fielder in the ring. Finesse or talent, if you get it past the inner ring, your chance of scoring more increases considerably. ICC never passes up an opportunity to give the modern bowler the finger.

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    benbc   //   January 11th, 2013 at 15:08

    The effect is that SAMIT PATEL WILL BECOME A WORLD-BEATER. Clearly.

    • daneel   //   January 11th, 2013 at 15:34

      Superfluous B is superfluous.

    • The Smudge   //   January 11th, 2013 at 16:48

      A middle order of Samit Patel, Craig Keiswetter and…. Luke Wright suddenly looks to have Bearliesque tactical merit. That can’t be a good thing.

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    Martin   //   January 11th, 2013 at 16:25

    Maybe at some point in an ODI, a captain won’t automatically put long on and long off back… nah!

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