The evolution of cricket…
Coloured clothes and day night matches popularized ODIs. The red ball went white to cope with the night. Then the 60-over innings matches became leaner and meaner to go 50 overs.
Then the 15-over fielding rule was introduced to increase the scoring rate at the very beginning of the innings.
Pitches were made flat, the bouncer rule and free hits were introduced to increase the number of runs being scored, something that clearly was favoured by the spectators.
The introduction of batting and bowling powerplays increased the unpredictability of the game.
When it comes to Tests, neutral umpires and the mandatory daily 90 overs greatly aided results and fair play.
And of course the introduction of T20s has changed cricket in more ways than one.
All in all, the latest ICC changes look sound and should be welcomed.
The author is a Bengaluru-based journalist and blogger.
He blogs at http://sunilrajguru.com/