The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made several rules changes after the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting on Tuesday. These rules were recommended by the Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee. These changes in men’s and women’s cricket will come into effect from October 1.
Now even in international cricket, if a batsman is caught out, the next ball will have to be played by the new batsman. Running away won’t make a difference. Apart from this, the use of saliva to shine the ball has also been banned.
These rules will change from October 1:
- When a batsman is caught out, the new batsman will come into strike, even if the batsmen have crossed each other before taking the catch. Earlier it was a rule that if the batsmen crossed each other before the catch was taken, then the batsman standing at the other end would come on strike and the new batsman would stay at the other end.
- The use of saliva to shine the ball has been banned in international cricket for more than two years. It was brought in view of security after the corona epidemic, but now it has been implemented permanently.
- Now every new batsman will have to be ready to take the strike within two minutes in Test and ODI matches, whereas in T20 this time has been kept at 90 seconds as before.
- If a batsman goes completely out of the pitch while trying to play the ball, then that ball will be a dead ball. Apart from this, any ball which forces the batsman to leave the pitch is also called a no ball.
- If a fielder deliberately commits an inappropriate act immediately before the bowler bowls the ball, the umpire may award that ball a dead ball and five runs as a penalty to the batting team.
- If a bowler dismisses a batsman standing on non-strike immediately before the delivery of the ball, then it will be considered run out. This is known as Mankading and was earlier considered against the spirit of sports.
- Earlier the rule was that if a batsman came out of the crease before playing the ball, then the bowler could throw him out and run him out, but now this rule has been removed. Doing so will be declared a no ball.
- The new provision of penalty for slow over-rate in T20 cricket will be implemented in ODIs after the 2023 World Cup. According to this rule, the bowling team has to start its last over within a stipulated time. If a team is unable to start its last over on time, then in all the overs after that time limit, one fielder has to be removed from the boundary and kept within a radius of thirty yards. This helps the batsmen.
- Hybrid pitches can now be used in all men’s and women’s ODI and T20 matches if both teams agree. Currently, hybrid pitches can only be used in women’s T20 matches.
“It was an honor to chair my first meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee. I am happy with the contribution of the members of the committee, which resulted in important recommendations. I would like to thank all the members for their valuable suggestions. Thank you for that.”
AFTER THIS MEETING, GANGULY SAID