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Despite objections from traditionalists, however, the MCC agreed today to legitimise the shot but look further into both the lbw and wide laws, which are both affected by a batsman switching to an opposite stance.
On the other hand, they may also legitimise MoCA's claim that civil affairs constitute social work, and upgrading MoCA cadres may further delay the need for the MoCA to hire professionally trained social work graduates.
What we don't want is for this to legitimise claims that are not valid.
But we have made the point (to the Vatican) that Iraq has a history of exploiting high-level visits in an attempt to legitimise its brutal policies.