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Red Cards in cricket: would Boycott have been sent off at Leeds in 1967

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2016 by kmflett

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A ‘rare’ attacking shot from Geoff Boycott on the first day of the 1967 Leeds Test (crickinfo)

An MCC Committee chaired by Mike Brearley has decided that from at some point in 2017 Umpires will be allowed to show a red card to a player in a cricket match and send them off.

The detail remains to be worked out but the move is reportedly in reaction to an increase in the level of threats and abuse in mainly non professional cricket and particularly against Umpires. Vic Marks has written in The Guardian that he expects a Red Card to be rarely if ever used at International Level.

Aside from working out what might be a Red Card offence the MCC will also have to decide how long a player is despatched for. Sending someone off on the first day of a 5 day Test for the rest of the game would seem to be disproportionate.

Cricket being what it is one might also ponder what could get included in potential Red Card offences. I wonder for a start if the kind of slow scoring on the first day of the 1967 Leeds Test by a certain Geoffrey Boycott that saw him dropped for the next game would be viewed as bringing the game into disrepute, in effect foul play, and if repeated over more than one session- which it was- warranting a sending off?

We shall see but in the meantime I do hope the cricket umpires union Prospect is consulted because there are potential employee relations and employment law issues involved here

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