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September 17, 2007

The Santhosh Trophy – for T20 though.

Filed under: Musings,Sports — Santhosh @ 12:27 AM

Some rules I’d bring in if I had my own T20 league to run :

  1. Allow only 6 wkts (8 batsmen) per innings with a 7th wicket as an extra innings to any one batsman. This will allow the crowd a chance to watch more of someone who’s on song, and for the no.8 batsman to play without being stranded.
  2. Allow the batting team to trade for extra wickets if needed, with a minus of 20 runs* from the total for each extra wicket used. But for this, it will be the usual way – down the batting order. This may allow a handy no.9 batsman to hang around a top-order player and add to the score in case the captain feels there are enough overs to be effectively utilized.
  3. Increase the maximum overs per bowler to 6 but with a constraint – no two bowlers can have bowled the same number of overs except if the number of overs is 1. This shouldn’t be too difficult as 5 bowlers can make it (6+5+4+3+2=20). By this, any bowler good on the day can bowl more overs and so bring his side back into the game, while the batsmen will be looking out for any bowler who has an off day.
  4. Allow 2 substitutions. The substituted player can play no further part in the match and the substituting player can only complement the guy he’s replacing – i.e., complete the overs to a total of 4 or get to bat only if the substituted player hasn’t. The captain can now go in with attacking players (good for the crowd) as he has the flexibility to call in a containing bowler or a gutsy batsman if the situation demands, or atleast call up a specialist fielder if everything’s going well.
  5. Add 5 runs to a batsman’s score if he’s dropped. It’s a dropped catch if a fielder got a hand to it.
  6. Add 5 runs to a fielder’s batting score if he gets a direct hit run-out or pulls off a one-handed catch. Remember, in a run-chase, the target will be updated after each such instance and it will also make the fielding team to try and pull off the simpler chances with one hand, but with the knowledge that a dropped chance will go against his team.
  7. It’ll be called a six if the ball hits the roof over the ground****. Apart from making sure rain doesn’t play a part, it will also prompt the batsmen to invent shots and who knows, a miscued top edge may well save his team.
  8. In the case of a tie, have a hit-out, since we all know it’s a batsman’s game. Line up the teams (the starting 11’s) at one corner of the ground, ask them to throw a ball up tennis style and try and hit it the farthest***. The distance will be measured upto the point where the ball first hit the ground. The combined scores of each team’s 11 should give us the winner. Sit back and listen to the roar a Monty or a Murali would get when they miss the ball completely.
  9. And then tag other sports – a one quarter basketball game, a one set tennis match, a three innings baseball game, a 5 laps F1 race.

* may be mutually adjusted to 10,15, or 20 at the start of each match based on the average score of the last 5 matches at the ground.
** it’s up to the captain for combinations based on his bowling options : (6+5+4+3+1+1), (6+5+4+2+1+1+1) ….;
*** since it’ll be at a corner of the ground, the probability that someone may hit it out of the park is negligible.
**** if I can start a league, I can bloody well have my own retractable-roof ground at an optimal height for hitting.

#1 makes sure that the out and out bowlers will be picked because they’re not required to bat, #5 and #6 will make sure fielding will get more emphasis and interest, #4 and #6 will help in defending even a very low score, and allrounders will as usual be useful on account of #1,#2,#3, and #4.
All these will make sure there’ll be more strategy and planning in cricket, coaches will get roles more like what we have in soccer, and there’ll be a lot more decision making on the feet. There’ll also be more close matches since it allows teams to make up for a bad batting or bowling performance. Above all, the crowd will give an emphatic roar if we do a Lara and ask them if they were entertained. What do you think?



  1. Hi there!Fun musings.Later…

    Comment by Julian's blog — September 17, 2007 @ 3:32 AM | Reply

  2. Got lost somewhere in rule 3 or 4 I dunno which one..Havent watched 20 -20 yet, but I still think I prefer a Test Match.. Anything to watch a Warne bowl to a Sachin ( remember the Chennai Test ) , or a Brian Lara take down on Glen McGrath.. or a Steve Waugh – Curtly Ambrose no holds barred street match ;-)20 – 20 with your rules will get too complicated for brains like mine! ;-)PS: Finished the tag!

    Comment by justme — September 17, 2007 @ 6:25 AM | Reply

  3. dai ithellam too much…. i suppoz rather than working u muz have thought abt this for some time….

    Comment by Karthik ,K.N — September 18, 2007 @ 8:42 AM | Reply

  4. too many complications………..I knew u were jobless, didnot realize it was this bad….

    Comment by cuthbert calculus — September 18, 2007 @ 9:40 AM | Reply

  5. innovative machan… but take a cue from dravid… a captain’s job is already tough… u dont like dhoni a? he just became captain da… [:)]

    Comment by crazyBugga — September 18, 2007 @ 5:10 PM | Reply

  6. @julianthankoo@justmeyep, done reading it too!

    Comment by santhosh — September 19, 2007 @ 3:52 PM | Reply

  7. @knk, calculusduh! see, i had this Quality Improvement process meeting that went for 3 hours….

    Comment by santhosh — September 19, 2007 @ 3:54 PM | Reply

  8. THat is pretty innovative. Not to mention inspiring. Much much better than the duds that ICC came with in supersubs and powerplays to make the game ‘interesting”. Caps off for you mate!!!

    Comment by Richie — September 20, 2007 @ 1:33 AM | Reply

  9. @crazybuggaDhoni rocks! period. Esp with the way he handles things his way.@richieAt laaast. Finally. Eventually.One soul. Who’s talked of what the post is about (or atleast, what I think the post is about)Bless you!

    Comment by santhosh — September 20, 2007 @ 3:45 AM | Reply

  10. Allow one pitch catch also.It would be awesome. Underarms can also be option. Great Blog.

    Comment by Narayanan — September 20, 2007 @ 9:17 AM | Reply

  11. @nanalolkonjam vitta “trials” ball vaera kaepa

    Comment by santhosh — September 25, 2007 @ 3:41 PM | Reply

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