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Focus shifts to running on pitches after three penalties in one day

All groups in the Woman’s World T20 are on discover for running on the protected space of the pitch after three five-run penalties had been issued in the 2 matches performed in Providence on Sunday. Pakistan had been docked twice throughout their seven-wicket loss to India, which incurred a complete of 10 penalty runs, earlier than Ireland had been penalised 5 runs in their nine-wicket defeat by Australia.

Umpires additionally issued a number of warnings to particular person gamers all through the day. Pakistan had been warned three occasions earlier than incurring their first penalty whereas India obtained what Mithali Raj termed a “friendly warning”. The umpires additionally made the Australian staff conscious of the additional scrutiny earlier than they took the sector in the second match of the day.

ESPNcricinfo understands that earlier than the beginning of the match, match officers mentioned how to cope with each batsmen and bowlers running on the ‘hazard zone’, perceived to be a difficulty in ladies’s cricket. As a information, umpires would gently remind gamers to maintain away from the protected space and, in the event that they transgressed once more, they’d then be given a proper warning in accordance with the legal guidelines. An additional incident would lead to a five-run penalty.

But whereas Ireland’s Kim Garth stated there have been no excuses for breaking the foundations, she believed Ireland had solely obtained one warning, in distinction to the three given to Pakistan, when umpire Langton Rusere issued a warning prior to penalising captain Laura Delany.

“I think she had been given a warning,” Garth stated. “I feel guidelines are guidelines, and we broke them so we simply want to be taught from it. I feel in earlier competitions, like qualifiers, we have type of been given two or three warnings earlier than they do something about it. Like we hadn’t been penalised earlier than for it.

“Now we simply want to be taught from it and transfer on, and know that we’re solely going to get one warning and one warning solely. And it is quite simple: we simply have to run off the wicket. That’s it.”

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards questioned whether or not the crackdown was obligatory, partly as a result of feminine gamers have a tendency to weigh lower than males and are subsequently much less probably to tear up the pitch.

“This entire ‘running down the wicket’ appears harsh,” Edwards tweeted. “Surely the rule wants to be completely different for the ladies’s sport, ladies hardly injury the pitch at the very best of occasions. Last factor we would like is gradual spin being performed from the crease!!!”

Netherlands males’s coach Ryan Campbell recommended pitch preparation was an element. Television digital camera positions necessitate all video games being performed on one day use the identical pitch. Three video games had been performed on the opening day of the match in Providence and two have been scheduled for every day’s play for the rest of the group stage. The two semi-finals are additionally scheduled to be performed one after one other on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on November 23.

“Gee this running down the wicket goes a bit overboard at #WWT20,” Campbell wrote on Twitter. “Umpies a bit excessive, poor outdated @Irelandcricket copping it….this is an thought, possibly depart some grass on the pitches so they do not get a lot put on & tear!! #WT20.”

On the opening day of the match, the pitch in Providence grew to become noticeably slower and have become harder for the batting aspect. However, Australia allrounder Ellyse Perry denied the pitches being too gradual and understood the necessity to guarantee their upkeep.

“I ponder if, to a level, that is additionally bought to do with the truth that we’re enjoying a whole lot of video games on these wickets and we in all probability want to be conscious of wanting after them. And I feel we would like actually good video games of cricket. So we’d like good wickets for that.

“To be really clear, I don’t think the wickets are an issue. I think they are playing fine and I’m just hazarding a guess that we should be looking after them so that they remain fine for the next couple of rounds.”

Both Perry and Garth expressed shock that the difficulty was thought-about a major drawback inside the sport.

“Look, I’ve never played in a tournament where this has been, I guess, a key issue,” Perry stated. “It seems to be in the first couple of matches. And that’s completely fine. That’s within the rules of cricket and something that they’re paying particular attention to.”

Garth accepted that Ireland’s batsmen had not proven sufficient care after seeing Pakistan being penalised twice.

“It is a bit unusual,” Garth stated of the crackdown. “But I’m kind of more surprised that I suppose we didn’t learn from it. And same with Pakistan. To do it once is criminal. But to do it twice is a bit of a brain explosion. And we definitely should have learned from that.”

Former England batsman Lydia Greenway referred to as for consistency from umpires. While the penalties had little impact on the end result of both of those video games, 5 runs might be the distinction between progressing to the knockout stage in tight matches.

“I think whatever happens in this tournament it has to be consistent and the umpires have set a precedent now where anyone who runs down the wicket once they’re going to get a warning straight away,” Greenway stated. “It’s just a part of the game that you don’t really want to be affecting outcomes and results.”

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