DUBAI (UAE) The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of laws of cricket, has proposed the presence of at least one umpire at the toss ceremony, but it was silent on match-referees presence during the international match.
Whether the match referee continues to be present at the toss in international matches is a matter for ICC to decide not the MCC, Abi Cater, the MCCs media official told this scribe from London.
Speaking from the Lords, Carter added, The Laws of Cricket are applicable to cricket at all levels.
Match referees are present at the toss at international matches due to ICC playing regulations which supercede the Laws but are not present during the toss at lower level recreational cricket etc.
This change to the Law therefore particularly affects the non-international/professional cricket.
The MCC has been the custodian of the Laws of Cricket since the Clubs formation in 1787.
Explanation proposed for the change of law on toss in the edition of the Laws of Cricket: The changes to Laws 12.
4 and 12.
5 involve the toss.
In Law 12.
4, it was felt that it would be good practice to say that the toss should be made in the presence of one or both of the umpires.
Law 3.
1 already states that the umpires shall be at the ground at least 45 minutes before the scheduled start of play.
Furthermore, Laws 1.
2, 3.
3 and 3.
4 lay down a number of points that need to be agreed between the umpires and the captains before the toss and the Laws sub-committee thought that having at least one umpire at the toss would help to formalise the whole process.
Some people have expressed concerns over this new Law for certain games at amateur level where there are no formal umpires but the Laws must set out what is best practice.
Laws 1.
2, 3.
3 and 3.
4 have been in the Code since 2000 without drawing complaints.
The new 12.
5 forces the captain winning the toss to notify his decision to bat or field to the other captain straight away.
The current Law states the notification could be delayed until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of play and the Laws subcommittee heard of examples where this Law was being exploited as a means of gamesmanship to give the other team less time to prepare.
ICCs Elite Panel umpire Simon Taufel and Dave Richardson, the former South African wicket-keeper and currently the ICCs general manager (cricket) are two of the eleven members of the MCCs Law sub-committee.