The International Cricket Council (ICC) may crack down on bat sizes on the eve of the World Cup to address the “unfair” balance between bat and ball, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The modern-day bats, which have edges as big as 45 millimetres, “may have shifted the balance a bit too much” in the batsman’s favor, ICC’s chief executive David Richardson said in an interview just weeks after South Africa’s AB de Villiers broke the record for the fastest ODI hundred, his milestone coming in just 31 balls.

“No one begrudges an AB de Villiers, who plays some superb shots,” Richardson said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.

“Him, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, they are exceptionally talented and no one minds if they hit some great shots which go for six. But where some batsmen are mishitting balls and it is just carrying over the rope and going for a six instead of being caught at the boundary, that is what some cricket people believe has become unfair.

Richardson indicated that the some of the changes to playing conditions may come before the World Cup… see more

source: dawn