Sunday, September 16, 2007

Twenty20 bowlers should be allowed five overs

Published in The Wisden Cricketer November 2007, page 10.

Title: Give them five.

Bowling in Twenty20 is a thankless job.

The game is so short and there are always more sloggers to come. Because each bowler is only allowed only four overs he can affect just 10 percent of the match.

But in a high scoring game, bowlers should have more of a potential influence than batsmen.

Why not allow five overs per bowler? An excellent bowler could then make a significant, even decisive, impact on the course of the game.