LONDON – The MCC World Cricket Council suggested on Tuesday the introduction of a shot clock in Test cricket in a bid to speed up the five-day game.
Slow over rates have become an increasing problem in Test cricket, with claims that the sedate pace of that form of the game is becoming less attractive for fans.
International Cricket Council statistics from May 2018 show that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years they had been measured.
While the MCC council acknowledge that the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS) was partly responsible for this, they believe a number of measures could be brought in to speed things up.
The shot clock is one of those suggestions, with the MCC statement proposing: “A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of ‘Over’ (which would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler).