ICC's new amendments to playing conditions in cricket have been implemented from October 1. The amendments were approved by the ICC Executive Board following proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting in London in May. The India-England series that kicks-off on October 14 will be played under the new rules. Here's a look.
Two new balls per innings (ODIs only):
Each fielding team shall have two new balls for its innings, to be used in alternate overs, i.e. one from each end.
Powerplays (ODIs only):
While the total number of powerplay overs remain at 20 per innings with the first block of 10 being at the commencement of the innings, the remaining second and third block of powerplay overs (blocks of five overs) can not be taken earlier than the 16th over nor after the 40th over. This restriction will not apply for reduced innings of scheduled duration of less than 40 overs.
Obstructing the field (Tests, ODIs and T20Is):
A new playing condition has been introduced clarifying that on appeal from the fielding team, if the umpire feels that a batsman, while running between the wickets, significantly changed his direction without probable cause thereby obstructing a fielder's attempt to run him out, the batsman should be given out obstructing the field. It will not be relevant whether a run out would have been affected or not.
Accordingly, it is still possible for a batsman to be given out obstructing the field in circumstances where he has not significantly changed his direction of running provided the umpire feels that by some other actions it is clear that the batsman had intended to obstruct the field.
Runners (Tests, ODIs and T20Is):
A runner for a batsman is not permitted. "Unless nine wickets are down, the injured or ill batsman has the option of retiring hurt and returning to bat at a later stage should the need or opportunity arise," said the ICC in its media release.
Bowler attempting to run-out non-striker before delivery (Tests, ODIs and T20Is):
Previously, the bowler could only run out a non-striker backing up if he did so before he had entered his delivery stride. This meant that as the bowler's back foot landed, the non-striker could move down the wicket before the bowler actually delivered the ball, gaining an unfair advantage.
A new playing condition has been introduced in this regard as according to ICC, "The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball will not count."
Extra time to complete a match (Tests only):
The umpires may now decide to play 15 minutes (a minimum of four overs) extra time at the scheduled lunch or tea interval of any day if requested by either captain if, in the umpires' opinion, it would bring about a definite result in that session. If the umpires do not believe a result can be achieved no extra time will be allowed.
Delay of lunch interval when nine wickets down (Tests only):
In another change in Test cricket, the playing conditions now provide that if nine wickets are down at the time of the scheduled lunch interval, the break will be delayed by a maximum of 30 minutes as it is with tea interval.
Duration of interval between innings (ODIs only):
The minimum interval for an uninterrupted ODI match has been increased from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.
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