Good God! Common sense has prevailed at the MCC, which has ruled that Kevin Pietersen’s switch shot is “exciting for the game of cricket” and conforms to the laws of the game, and consequently will not be legislated against”.
It’s a victory for the guardians of the game, as opposed to The Guardian on the game (see mention of Mike Selvey in story below), with the ruling body making clear in its statement that the “superb execution” of the stroke should not disguise its difficulty. “It incurs a great deal of risk for the batsman, ” it said. “It also offers bowlers a good chance of taking a wicket and therefore MCC believes that the shot is fair to both batsman and bowlers.”
Quite so and just as I said this morning. Now I’m off to see whether anyone in the Lancashire v Durham Twenty20 tries their hand at it!