London:Batsmen in the India-Australia Test series will no longer be able to ask for play to be suspended because of bad light, according to one of the eight minor changes to laws by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
The MCC, the custodian of the laws of the game, will now allow only on-field umpires the right to decide whether play can be halted because of darkness.
The law, which will come to effect in the opening day of the first Test match between India and Australia in Mohali, will eliminate the practice of batting sides stopping play for tactical reasons.
The MCC "has introduced changes aimed at providing more fairness to both sides and reducing the amount of playing time lost," it said in a statement on Thursday.
Among other changes, the MCC stipulated that an umpire must attend the pre-match toss of a coin to determine which team bats and which team fields first. The captain who wins the coin toss must make an immediate choice.
The MCC has also reduced from two to one the number of warnings given by umpires to batsmen for damaging the pitch before penalty runs are imposed and has banned bowlers from warming up by bowling the ball into the ground to a teammate, an action that can wear the ball and waste time.
India is playing Australia in the first Test of the two-match series of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Mohali on Friday.