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The 1947 “The Laws Of Cricket” Booklet, Published 1952 By The MCC For 1 Shilling.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.



Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


My daughter found this buried in one of our many bookshelves. Easy to get lost. It is TINY; 4″x5.4″ & just 30-pages. So, it is incredibly thin.

Cute. My name, written rather shakily, cracks me up. I think this was when I was about 8. That would mean I got this sometime around 1961. Somebody must have got it for I.

1 Shilling in the U.K. No idea what it cost in Ceylon. It was sold by “Diana & Co. Ltd.” in Colombo. WOW. I just looked it up. They became “Cargills“!

I do not recall any other books that were STAMPED with the name of a shop. Strange. Kind of defacing it. Maybe this was their shop copy!

I knew a new Code of Cricket had come out ‘recently’. I had to go check. So, that was 2017.

Wow. Not many since 1788.

I am glad I have this cute little booklet.


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A Sri Lankan Great Becomes The First Non-British President Of The Iconic Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the BBC original.


This is quite the honor and he was quite the cricketer and man. So, it is a win-win allround. I am pleased.

The MCC is the symbolic Temple of cricket — the guardian of the SPIRIT of cricket and nominally also its laws. Prior to the formation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) it was the ultimate authority and arbitrator of all matters cricket.

Quite the Club — with its world famous Lord’s Cricket Ground. I have visited the MCC many, many, many times. For nearly 10-years, until I left the U.K. in 1985, I was on their waiting-list for membership — which in those days was around 20-years for non-playing members, and, alas, I was not good enough to be considered as a playing member.

But, hats off to Kumar Sangakkara. Great honor. He is a lawyer by training and qualification. He will be a GREAT president.

So, some good news for Sri Lanka.

My beloved Lord’s Cricket Ground — home of the MCC.

 


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New Cricket Laws — “Laws Of Cricket 2017 Code” — Came Into Play, September 28, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


To read this MCC provided summary as PDF, click image to go the Lord’s website.


To download the “2017 Code” as a PDF — click image. I had to create this PDF since the MCC download, at least for now, is as a Word document! OK? Got that? This is a PDF I created from the MCC original.


A brief introduction to the new Laws by the MCC. Click image to access official document.


Click for the cricinfo summary of the new laws.


These new laws, the “Laws of Cricket 2017 Code” came into effect September 28, 2017 — the day that two Test matches started: Pakistan v Sri Lanka & South Africa v Bangladesh.

To be honest I just found out about them while watching highlights of those matches. I had heard about some of these proposed Laws BUT had not realized that they had been approved and were coming into play in September 2017.

  • Limiting the thickness of a bat’s edge to 1.58″ is interesting — along with ensuring that it cannot be more than 2.6″ thick at any point.
    I still have the last bat that I bought, c. 1983 (so it is ~34 years old). It is a ‘Duncan Fearnley’ (which has tried up a tad over the decades). I measured the edge, 0.75″. Thickness, 1.5″! Wow.
  • Tethering the bails to the wicket could be interesting. I am not really sure that there ever was a desperate need for this. We will see.
  • Wow! Players can be sent off for misconduct! Wonder who will be the first to get sent off.
  • DRS rules changed. “Umpire’s Call” will not result in a loss of a review, BUT in Test matches the reviews are NOT RESET back to 2 each after 80-overs! Pakistan, already on Day 1, lost both their reviews.

Interesting stuff.


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