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Rashid Latif slams cricket's free hit rule

The 52-year-old believed that the free-hit rule opened the game up to corrupt practices

Rashid Latif slams cricket's free hit rule PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan’s former wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has slammed the rule applied in cricket matches that allow a free hit to the batsman in case the bowler oversteps his mark and delivers a no-ball.

The 52-year-old believed that the free-hit rule opened the game up to corrupt practices.

“Free hit on No ball, worst ever rule/law in cricket. Huge window for individual (corruption) act, but effect all team,” Rashid tweeted.

 

Free hit on No ball , worst ever rule/ Law in cricket. huge window for individual ( corruption) act, but effect all team @ICC @ICCLive @IPL #BCCI @Steve_Rich100 @thePSLt20 @BBL

— Rashid Latif ®️🇵🇰🌹 (@iRashidLatif68) April 18, 2021

 

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Bowling a no-ball can change the complexion of any cricket game in the modern era. A free hit allows the batsman to play any stroke without the fear of getting out. A batsman can only be run-out during a free hit.

The rule has played an important role in many crunch encounters in cricket matches around the world.