A new topic of contention has come about in the form of switch-hitting, a practice started by a certain batsman named Kevin Pietersen. To the uninitiated, it involves changing your batting stance during the bowler’s run-up and change yourself from a right-hander to a left-hander, and vice versa. Doesn’t sound too problematic, does it?
In fact, I’m not too happy. I’m not trying to discourage innovation. Hats off to KP, but the fact is, the bowler is severely disadvantaged because he sets a field for the right-hander and ends up bowling to a left-hander, which disrupts his plan. Moreover, according to the rule-book, the bowler has to inform the ump if he’s gonna change his bowling hand, or if he’s gonna change from ‘around-the-wicket’ to ‘over-the-wicket’, but the batsman doesn’t have to, which makes the game even more slanted towards the batsman.
Dan Vettori suggests that, to even things out, the bowler should be allowed to bowl down both sides of the wide line
The MCC, after having a meeting, declared the shot to be legal, saying that the ‘super execution’ of the shot shouldn’t mask the amount of risk the batsman involves himself in, and the fact that the bowler’s chance of taking a wicket is greater!
Though I’m not too happy with the ruling, I’m pleased that the MCC acted swiftly in order to prevent any potential fuses being blown during the remainder of the series.