by Alexander Mackay
It's commanding the headlines, all the talk and discussion about the introduction of red & yellow cards in cricket at the end of this season when the MCC issue a new code to come into effect on 1 October 2017. Could it become a reality and could we see it in Switzerland too?
Changes to the ICC regulations don't necessarily find their way into Swiss domestic cricket. But we are talking about the MCC Laws of Cricket and any changes to the MCC code will have an effect on us in Switzerland (and indeed in Europe) because those are the ones we play by. All variations to the MCC Laws of Cricket have to be in our local Rules & Regulations, in the case of Swiss domestic cricket, that means they have to be explicitly documented in the CSPL or Pickwick Twenty20 Rules & Regulations.
Even though the season is a number of weeks away, and 1 October is after our season ends, as an umpire and cricket enthusiast I decided to start investigating what changes are likely to occur.
There are many journalists and cricket pundits writing about these changes, but, on reading reports & articles on this subject, not excluding the MCC Laws of Cricket consultation paper for 2017 Code, I'd like to share my interpretation and assumptions with you.
So what Laws are included in discussion documents and therefore likely to be changed on 1 October? Here follows a word or two about the laws likely to be affected in the new Code, it is quite a list:
Personally, I hope the MCC will shy away from red & yellow cards and that the only 'whistle' I will need is the one I wear to tournament dinners. What is certain, there are some substantial changes being considered and, some more than others, could have a large impact on the domestic game here in Switzerland & in continental Europe.
Alexander Mackay is the current President of Cricket Switzerland, the premier governing body for cricket in Switzerland.
He sits on committees for Cricket Switzerland, the Swiss Federation of Cricket Umpires & Scorers (swissFOCUS), the Cricket Coaches Association of Switzerland (CCAS) and his local club.
He is also an internationally qualified umpire and former member of ICC Europe's umpiring panel, umpiring in tournaments around Europe with a particular interest in developing cricket in ICC affiliate countries & non-ICC nations.