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Big bats are set to be consigned to the scrapheap and umpires will be given the power to send off players from October as part of cricket's new Code of Laws, according to the Marylebone Cricket Club.

The maximum dimensions of a bat will be restricted to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and with 40mm edges according to the new code which will be issued on October 1, the MCC said in a media release.

The rule change, decided after consultations with players, manufacturers and global governing bodies, is in response to growing concerns about the imbalance between bat and ball.

Bat sizes have grown pronouncedly in recent years, with thicker edges regularly sending mis-hit shots to the boundaries, much to the chagrin of bowlers.

"The bat size issue has been heavily scrutinised and discussed in recent years," the MCC's John Stephenson said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-07/big-bats-gone-player-send-offs-introduced-in-new-cricket-laws/8332350

It is pleasing to hear about the bat size.

Giving the umpire this kind of power seems to be an over-reaction to onfield discipline. Perhaps the captain should be fined for the bad behaviour of one of his players, but how meaningful would that be? Players or teams would simply chip in to lessen the impact. 

It also leaves the door open for even more corruption allegations.

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 I don't mind the send off rule provided it is reviewable by the match referee and capable of being reversed if onerous

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Just now, taipan said:

Seems to be a bit of a spat going on in India about send offs.

They are very whiny these days. Must be all the hot air blown up their respective arses by their fawning public

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2 hours ago, taipan said:

Sounds more like Aussies pissed off with Kohli.

To be honest when they lost 6 for 15 I lost complete interest.

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On 08/03/2017 at 4:12 PM, taipan said:

Yeah, but Smith was a dickhead.

Yep - deserved the whack he copped. Hopefully a one time offender

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