Beard Liberation Front
Media Release, contact Keith Flett 07803 167266
‘No Ball’ law of cricket fails to address growing beards
The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers that campaigns against beardism, prejudice against the hirsute, has said that the Laws of Cricket are still failing to take account of the growth of beards in the modern game.
The campaigners say that while the No Ball rule provides clear provision for a bowler’s foot overstepping the mark it is entirely silent on occasions when a bowler’s beard might do the same.
When a bowlers beard is over the return crease as the ball is delivered aerodynamic factors could mean that the bowl is propelled towards the batsman with more force and focus than would otherwise be the case. The hirsute bowler would have an unfair advantage.
On Test Match Special (28th May) Jonathan Agnew put the question to umpiring expert John Holder but he had to note that the matter is not currently covered by the Laws
Beard Liberation Front organiser Keith Flett said, We think there needs to be Law 24(5)(i) which requires the umpire to check if a bowlers beard is over the return crease at the moment the ball is released from the hand. If so a no ball should be called. It is time the Laws of Cricket became beard aware.
Law of cricket 24(5)
- Fair delivery – the feet
For a delivery to be fair in respect of the feet, in the delivery stride,
- a) the bowler’s back foot must land within and not touching the return crease appertaining to his stated mode of delivery.
(b) the bowler’s front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised
(i) on the same side of the imaginary line joining the two middle stumps as the return crease described in (a) above and (ii) behind the popping crease.