• Cricket Has Changed Its Rules - What Happens Now!

September 28, 2017 has been a historical date for all cricket fans: the decision of ICC to change cricket rules has come into effect for all international series!

One of the biggest news would be a player being sent off for the rest of the match for serious misconduct, akin to a red card in football.  This will apply only to most level 4 offences.

Another relevant change deals with the restriction on the dimensions of the bat. The size of their edges indeed, as well as their thickness, will now be restricted in order to maintain the balance between the bat and the ball. In other words, the restriction on the length and width of bats remains unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can’t exceed 67 mm.

  • Each team can now name six substitutes, and not four as before, in Test cricket.

  • The ICC has agreed with the use of bails tethered to the stumps in order to prevent injuries.

  • In Test cricket, an interval will be taken if a wicket falls within three minutes of the interval (one extra minute than in the past).

  • 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.

  • For boundaries, 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.

  • 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 considered a no-ball. Previously the ball was allowed to bounce twice. If the ball lands off the pitch, then the umpire will signal a no-ball. 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 now be scored separately. Before the modification byes and leg byes scored off no-balls were scored as no-balls.

  • If a batsman grounds his bat or part of his body behind the crease while regaining his ground before the stumps are broken, and then if he unintentionally loses contact with the bat, or if the grounded part of his body becomes airborne – while running or diving – when the stumps are broken, he shall not be run out or stumped.

  • An appeal can be withdrawn, or the umpires can recall a dismissed batsman, at any time before the ball comes into play for the next delivery, while previously, a batsman couldn’t be recalled once he had left the field.

  • For a catch on the boundary to be valid, a fielder making contact with the ball must either be grounded inside the boundary or his last contact with the ground before first touching the ball must have been inside the boundary.

  • A batsman can be caught, run-out or stumped even if the ball touches the helmet worn by the fielder or the wicketkeeper.

  • Last, but not least, if an umpire’s decision is referred to the TV umpire by a team, and the DSR confirms the on-field decision, the team will not lose the review. Because of it, the team will not have its two unsuccessful reviews replenished after the first 80 overs of the innings in a Test. It will have only two unsuccessful reviews for the entire innings.

Undoubtedly, with all these changes, cricket won’t be never the same!

The question is: has ICC taken the right decision?

Leave a comment below and tell us your impressions!

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