Back in 1980-81, the field restrictions in One Day International (ODI) Cricket was introduced for the very first time after the England national team employed some controversial tactics to win a match the previous year.
You see, on November 28, 1979, the England national team was playing an ODI match against the West Indies Cricket team, who were also the world champions at the time.
But England, not wanting to lose the match, decided to use some underhanded but brilliant tactics to make sure that the win came their way.
Viv Richards during a match in Australia. Cricinfo
The strategy worked and the England team won the match by 2 runs. Their move though left the West Indians and many others outraged and aghast after the match.
England Captain Mike Brearley (L) The Daily Mail
The match though ensured that in any of the future matches no such move was used and they soon changed the rules to prevent similar tactics. Thus the ODI filed restrictions rules were introduced soon it came into play in the Australian 1980-81 season.
Representational image of the field during Powerplay. You Tube