Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene called for an end to new ICC fielding rules in ODI cricket, saying they discourage risk-taking.
On the eve of the 3rd ODI against Australia, the experienced batsman said the fresh rules allowing a maximum of 4 fielders outside the circle from the 11th over to the 40th urged bad play.
“The spinners are being taken away from the game, to be honest,” he said.
“Most of the spinners are being very negative now.They are bowling overs aiming for fewer runs rather than trying to take wickets and use their variety,” Jayawardene mentioned in Brisbane.
“Unless you are a top spinner and use a lot of variety, you can survive while the rest will struggle and be negative in their approach.”
The ICC is examining the rules over the next 12 months, as well as trialling a provision for 2 fresh white balls at either end and 2 bouncers per over.