Cricket fans brace yourself! ICC comes up with new rules for all international series beginning from September 28, 2017.
Let us have a closer look at the changes introduced:
Each team can name six substitutes in Test cricket as opposed to four earlier..
The thickness of the edge of the bat can be not more than 40mm, and the thickness of the bat must not exceed 67mm at any point. Umpires will have a gauge to check that bats meet the new regulations.
The bails tethered to the stumps can be used to prevent injuries caused by bails flying at wicketkeepers and fielders after the stumps have been broken.
Umpires have been given the authority to send players off for serious misconduct/violence on the field.
In Test cricket, an interval will be taken if a wicket falls within three minutes of the interval as opposed to two minutes earlier.
In T20 internationals, if an innings is reduced to less than 10 overs, the maximum quota of overs per bowler shall not be less than two.
Airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball will need to have taken off from inside the boundary, otherwise a boundary will be given.
A boundary will also be given if a fielder in contact with the ball makes contact with any object grounded beyond the boundary, including another fielder.
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If the ball bounces more than once after being delivered by the bowler and before it reaches the popping crease of the batsman, it will be called a no-ball. If the ball lands off the pitch, then the umpire will signal a no-ball and if a fielder intercepts the delivery before it reaches the batsman, the umpire will call no-ball and dead ball.
Any byes or leg byes scored off a no-ball will be scored separately. The bowler will have one no-ball put against his/her name, and the other extras will be scored as byes and leg byes.
If a batsman grounds his/her bat or part of his/her body behind the crease while regaining his/her ground before the stumps are broken, and then if he/she inadvertently loses contact with the bat, or if the grounded part of his/her body becomes airborne – while running or diving – when the stumps are broken, he/she shall not be run out or stumped.
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The umpires can recall a dismissed batsman or an appeal can be withdrawn at any time before the ball comes into play for the next delivery.