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Former West Indies Skipper Has Harsh Criticism For ICC

Commenting about the limited bouncer rule introduced by ICC in 1991, Daren Sammy states the rule to be racist and demeaning

Sammy states how rules are being made to limit black teams to play at their best (Photo: Twitter @windiescricket)

In the game of cricket, fast pacers are always an edge for any given team. This does not imply that spinners are not efficient and effective. However, pacers do create a sense of fear among the batsmen on the field. The average speed of pacers is well over 140-150 km/hr. Facing such fast deliveries is extremely difficult due to the shorter time for the batsman. Apart from this, there is always a potential risk of hurting the batsmen. 

Then, of course, there are bouncers. They are short-pitched balls which become extremely difficult to play for any batsmen. Chances of connecting with the bat are low, that too with a high element of an edge and catch out. These are such deliveries each pacer relishes and has at their disposal, in case of a difficult situation. 

The sense of fear among the batting team is sometimes so high, it may lead to them chocking well before their innings end. In 1991, governing bodies such as ICC set a rule for over one bouncer per batsmen per over, to discourage the use of intimidation. 

Sammy calls foul over limited bouncers rule

Cricket had no problems with the bouncer when fast bowlers from white teams were dishing them out but introduced a rule to limit bouncers when West Indies fast bowlers became the most dominant, states West Indies cricketing star, Daren Sammy.

“Looking at the Fire in Babylon, looking at when (Jeff) Thomson and (Dennis) Lillee and all these guys were bowling quick and hurting people. Then I watch a black team becoming so dominant and then you see the bouncer rule start to come in and all these things start to come in and I take it, as I understand it.” Sammy states with discontent.

“This is just trying to limit the success a black team could have.” 

This is not the first time the limited-bouncer rule has been criticized. However, this is certainly the first time it is seen from the perspective of racism. Sammy makes it very clear that this is just a personal opinion of his but also indicates the fact that the system (ICC) may be intolerant.