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Past, present players react to Baz BBL ban

criket.com.au 2017-01-12 00:00:00

Brendoin McCullum at the centre of a topical debate // Getty

In the wake of Brendon McCullum’s KFC Big Bash League suspension, alternatives to missing a match for maintaining a slow over-rate have come thick and fast.

Brisbane captain McCullum will miss the Heat’s next match – against the Melbourne Stars next Tuesday – after his side took too long to compete their overs for a second time this season.

Full story: McCullum suspended for slow over-rate

The decision to ban the dashing Heat skipper has provided plenty of debate, and during the Renegades-Hurricanes clash at Etihad Stadium, Network Ten Sport commentators Mark Waugh and Damien Fleming weighed in with their own view on the issue.

“There are rules there for a reason,” Waugh said.

“I don’t think there’s an easy answer to it to be honest.

“I think it’s a wake-up call for Brendon McCullum’s captaincy.

“He does change the field a lot, he does talk to the bowler a lot.

“Maybe he needs his fast bowlers to have a short run-up as well as a normal run-up so there’s ways to save time.

“Personally I want to see Brendon McCullum playing, I don’t want to see him on the sidelines.

“It’s not an ideal scenario. I think a fine or maybe losing points.”

Fleming agreed with his former Test teammate: “I think it’s got to be points.”

“As a fan you’re disappointed McCullum’s not playing and we see in some leagues they lose .5 points but I reckon you lose two points, you actually lose a game.

“Surely that’s a big incentive to get the overs in.”

While the commentators belive a loss of points or a team’s Net Run Rate is a sufficient slow over-rate penalty, some of Australia’s current cricketers have come up with some of their own creative ideas under the hashtag #bazrules.

No. 76: not allowed to speak during the whole fielding innings.Must communicate by sign language at all times,including on the mic #bazrules

— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 12, 2017

No.22: (from S.Smith) has to play the entire game with his face painted in the opposition teams colours,while wearing an eyepatch #bazrules

— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 12, 2017