The roof and the tree

The New Regulation
In matches played in stadiums with retractable roofs, if the ball hits the roof, the concerned delivery would be treated as a "dead ball".

Mike Hussey hit one off the middle of the bat and sent the ball soaring up into the skies, but it hit the metal roof and landed in no man's land. The shot seemed to have half a dozen runs written all over it until the ball's trajectory was cruelly cut short by the impact of the metal on the leather.

I'm a huge fan of the "retractable roof" concept, but this particular ruling doesn't really appeal to me. It would probably help to have a 40 yard (or something in that vicinity) circle marked up on the roof - if the ball hits the roof beyond the circle, it should be signalled a six; if it hits within the circle, the ball should be considered to be still in play and if the fielder catches it before it hits the ground, the batsman should be given out. This is kind of similar to the case where there is a tree inside the ground - if the ball hits the tree below a particular height it is signalled a 4; if it hits above the marked level, it is signalled a 6 (different grounds have different rules, but this was used to practised in the Canterbury ground).

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Blogger worma 1:23 AM

What about using Hawkeye to trace the trajectory of the the ball? ;-)    



Blogger vishnupavan 2:18 PM

Manish, yeah the hawkeye would work - it should be lot easier to determine that as opposed to determining LBWs.. But given the hesitancy of the officials to adopt hawk-eye, the marking on the roof is a much simpler option.    



Blogger ze rambler 3:40 AM

Fantastic blog Vishnu. The Canterbury link was news to me.    



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