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Thursday, 10 May 2012 - 8:14
ICC to review switch-hit
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The ICC is to review the playing condition regarding lbw decisions in international cricket in response to the emergence of the switch hit.

The ICC cricket committee, a group that includes Ian Bishop, Kumar Sangakkara and Mark Taylor, is to consider amending the playing condition whereby a batsman attempting to play the shot cannot be given out lbw if the ball has pitched outside the leg stump.

The news will mean that any right-handed batsman, who switches his stance or grip to effectively play as a left-hander, will be able to be given out even if the ball had pitched outside the leg stump and vice-versa.

Bowlers will also be allowed more leeway as regards to leg side wides in limited-overs cricket.

The cricket committee meets in Dubai later this month.

While any recommendations cannot come into force until they are ratified by the ICC board and the ICC's chief executives' committee, it is unlikely that the cricket committee's proposals would be ignored.

The switch hit first came to prominence in 2008 when Kevin Pietersen played it in an ODI against New Zealand in Durham.

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