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A silly Option – 9 (Niner) for T20

Indian Championship League T20I have a huge respect for ICL, since they released the players from the narrow options they had and especially from the whims of the selectors. Also, by promoting T20 they got a lot of interest going in a new format. Today if a player has potential he can be approached by any of the Leagues. And what can show this better than the public owned IPL teams which went for some not so known players like Shane Watson to bring them glory.

However, we all know that ICL has been under pressure to somehow get the crowds into the stadiums, which they have not been able to. So, it is quite reasonable that they’d try a few new tricks. However, they announced a “9” (Niner). A Niner is explained by them as a hit which crosses 90m mark.

Well, finally as per current rules, what is the maximum number of runs that can be scored on a ball?

The answer is 6 can be awarded for cases like “lost ball” besides any penalty if the ball is illegal. For more details read this:

When ‘lost ball’ is called, the batting side keeps any penalty that would have been declared if the delivery was not fair (see no ball and wide) plus 6 runs, or whatever they have in fact run before the call of ‘lost ball’ was made.

A call of ‘lost ball’ is unusual in professional cricket, and nowadays only really happens in recreational games where cricket fields may include rabbit warrens, molehills or the like, or where there is a tree in the field of play and no local rule about what happens when it is hit. Previously ‘lost ball’ could only be called when the ball could not be found. This has resulted in some ridiculous local games where batsmen scored a large number of runs whilst the fielding side fetched a ladder to climb up a tree the ball had got lodged in. (The ball not being lost as it was readily visible.) The current version of the Law prevents this, as now ‘lost ball’ can also be called when the ball cannot be recovered without outside assistance.

So far so good. I expected a lot of discussion on that in the Newspapers, however they’ve been silent. Anyway, even if you allow for invention, it should be technical correct in all senses, even if it extends the logic to cover more than 6 runs on a shot.

However, I understand that a 9er is a technically incorrect option!!
But I am surprised that no one has pointed that out. I tried to speak to a few ICL people I could reach and got a “silent” response.

There seems to be a technical inaccuracy in this. OK, let us start from here –

Q. why are there 4s and 6s?
A. So that the batsmen don’t get exhausted running away all the time, and also the fielders don’t have to keep looking for the lost ball while the batsmen run too many runs (like the good old days in school cricket). So, they devised 4s and 6s to grant automatic scores to the batsman on guard.

However, the 4s and 6s are granted keeping in mind that the batsman remains in crease as if he’d run those runs. However, 9 being an odd score means that the batsman should end up on the other end of the crease unless otherwise he would become a scorer’s nightmare. So, either the batsman would have to legally give up his strike after hitting a 9 and walk to the other end, or illegally stay on and bat! So, is this a faux pas by the ICL?? And that at a time they want to become another ICC!

Well, I hope they don’t implement this rule. But, if they want I can help them out of this situation. Is ICL listening??

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