MCC to review negative bowling Law: Dexter

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 17:21 [IST]
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London: Former England captain Ted Dexter said on Tuesday that England captain Nasser Hussain pushed the Laws of cricket to their limit when he instructed left-arm spinner Ashley Giles to bowl down the leg side in the winter Test series against India.

Dexter is currently president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) which is responsible for drafting the game's Laws. He told wisden.com that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had asked MCC to look into the issue. Hussain was widely criticised for what many regarded as a negative tactics. He countered that it was a legitimate method, for what was a largely inexperienced attack, to try to frustrate Sachin Tendulkar and other Indian batsmen. India batting great Sunil Gavaskar, chairman of the ICC's cricket committee, was repeatedly critical of England's "boring" approach in his newspaper column. Dexter said the ICC had now requested measures be introduced to prevent it happening again, admitting the leg side bowling had been "a matter of pushing the Laws to their limit to gain advantage". "The umpires could have been stricter on the leg side wide, and what we detected was an anomaly in the ICC playing conditions - just one sentence - which allowed the umpires not to intervene," he said. "Since then we've been in touch with ICC - I've been in touch personally with Sunil Gavaskar - and we've corresponded. "We're thrilled that the ICC has asked the MCC for our proposals as to how to deal with it properly in the Laws and the playing conditions, and we'll see where we go from here."

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