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ICC Announce New Cricket Rules – Playing Conditions

According to the ICC, the new cricket rules will take effect on the 1st of October 2022

After the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC), which ratified the Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee’s recommendations, the International Cricket Council (ICC) made several changes to its playing conditions. The committee discussed the updated 3rd edition of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket (MCC) and shared its conclusions with the Women’s Cricket Committee, which endorsed the CEC’s recommendations.

These are the main changes to the Playing Terms that will take effect on October 20, 2022

Batters return when caught: If a batter is out Caught, the new batter will come in at the end of the striker, regardless if the batters crossed before the catch was taken.

Use saliva to polish the ball: This ban has been in effect for more than two years in international cricket and is considered a temporary measure related to Covid. It should be made permanent.

The incoming batter is ready to face the ball. A batter entering the game will need to be available to strike in less than two minutes for Tests and ODIs. However, the threshold of ninety seconds for T20Is will remain unchanged.

Strikers’ right to play the ball. The restriction is so that some of their bat or others must remain within the pitch. If they go beyond this, the umpire will signal a Dead ball. Any ball that would force the batter from the pitch will be called No ball.

Unfair fielding: The umpire could award five penalty runs to the bowling side for any unfair or deliberate action while the bowler is trying to bowl.

Running out the non-striker These Playing Conditions are by the Laws when determining the method to effect a Runout.

The bowler throws towards the striker’s end before delivery. Previously, a batter who could see the batter advance down the wicket before entering their delivery stride was reached could throw the ball to run out the striker. This is now known as a Dead ball.

Other major Changings, In-match penalties: An in-match penalty was introduced in T20Is in January 2022 (where failure to bowl an over by the scheduled cessation times leads to an additional fielder being brought into the fielding circle to finish the innings). This will be used in ODI matches following the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2023.

The Playing Conditions for all Men’s and Women’s ODI and T20I matches were also amended to allow hybrid pitches if both sides agree. Hybrid pitches cannot be used in the Women’s T20I matches.

These changes will be reflected in all Playing Conditions.

Sourav Ganguly stated: “It has been an honor to chair my first meeting with the ICC Cricket Committee. The productive contributions of the Committee members resulted in key suggestions being made. All members are grateful for their valuable input and suggestions.

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