Double Bouncer - Why has it been banned?

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Graeme Welch, will he be remembered in many years to come, as a cricketing pioneer or a law breaker. His innovation of the Double Bouncer caused such debate within the halls of power, even so, the ECB and the ICC could not agree a way forward. 

When Warwickshires bowling coach, Graeme Welch, came up with a new bowling delivery, it appeared he had found a way of outwitting even the top batsmen. Sadly though, the ECB have expressed their concern over the delivery and will give a no ball, if delivered, as they say it is against the spirit of cricket. So what is this new delivery?

Everyone involved in Cricket, will know what a bouncer is. For the uninitiated The bouncer is a short pitched delivery that rises up to the batsman's shoulder height or above. This new delivery is also a short pitched ball but is intended to bounce twice before reaching the batsman.

The batter would normally attempt to block or evade the original bouncer but, would not be expecting the cricket ball to bounce again. He could then leave his stumps exposed or would be liable to be out LBW if the ball is straight. Supposing he did manage to get a bat on the ball his time to execute the shot would be greatly reduced, as he would already reacted expected delivery, thinking it would be up around his ears.

In youth cricket, young players are encouraged to bowl fuller and more consistently. Balls that bounce twice before the batter are, already called a no ball. It is also soul destroying for a young batsman, to be bowled by a ball that rolls along the ground.

The ECB had the foresight to introduce a law, to encourage bowlers. If a bowler bowled a ball that bounced twice he would be encouraged by the umpire or coach to pitch it up but, the batter should not be punished by a ball that bounces more than once.

So, obviously a cricket balls that bounce twice is also banned in adult cricket.........well not entirely.

Any competition organised by the ICC will allow this delivery because, the MCC have given it the thumbs up . Therefore, the IPL and the world 20/20 tournaments are likely to witness this new weapon from the bowler. It is fair that the bowlers experiment , as the batsmen have been playing ‘Dilshans', reverse sweeps and lots of other improvised shots so, why not the bowlers? I applaud this innovation and look forward to its first use on the International stage.

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