BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who attended the MCC meeting as a special invitee on Tuesday, has urged the body to not make changes to the existing rules of the sport. Thakur also said the BCCI is committed towards promoting Test cricket and that they are also open to day-night Test cricket.
The Marylebone Cricket Club are the custodians of the game’s rules and invited Thakur to attend its meeting that was held for the first time in India. In his speech, Thakur reportedly urged the MCC to keep the rules as simple as possible.
“Thakur... asked the MCC to stop chopping and changing the rules frequently, as it confuses the followers of the game. He felt that cricket already has three formats, which have different rules, so the idea has to be to keep the game as simple as possible, as the fans have enough on their plate already. He pointed out how the rules have remained consistent in other sports,” an unnamed source told the Times of India.
Thakur also supported the concept of day-night Test cricket, although, he said a lot more research is required before it can be constantly played in the Indian subcontinent where dew plays a big factor in the evening. The BCCI chief also reiterated the Indian board’s commitment towards promoting Test cricket.
“We're open to day-night Test cricket. We tried it in our domestic cricket, but we need some more research on this. We've to keep in mind some issues, like the dew factor, which crop up in our part of the world which need to be sorted,” Thakur reportedly stated.
Thakur said the Board was doing everything possible to promote Test cricket which is still reasonably popular in India. He added that India were playing 13 Tests at home this season and would try to play at least 10 Tests every season for the next eight years.
“The Board has organised Tests in smaller centres this season – an experiment which has succeeded. Barring Mohali, there was a good turnout for all the Tests. Thakur pointed out that the BCCI was trying to engage the fans, as much as possible during a Test by organising various activities. Ex England captain Mike Brearley complimented the Indian board on this,” the source added.
Thakur also stressed on the need to make it compulsory for cricketers at the junior levels to wear protective gear. “At that level, the kids get excited and avoid using helmets while batting or fielding in close-in positions. I feel that the use of protective equipment should be made mandatory in junior cricket. It should be the umpires and captain's responsibility to ensure this,” Thakur said, according to the source.