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The umpires can recall a dismissed batsman or an appeal can be withdrawn at any time before the ball comes into play for the next delivery.