The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced several changes to its competition conditions after the Committee of Executives (CEC) approved recommendations from Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee, discussed the MCC’s updated 3rd Edition of the 2017 Cricket Code and shared its conclusions with the Women’s Cricket Committee, who endorsed the recommendations for the CEC. Major changes to the Conditions of Play will take effect on October 1, 2022.
“It was an honor to chair my first meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee. I am pleased with the effective contributions of the Committee members leading to the release of key recommendations. I thank all of the members. members for their valuable comments and suggestions,” Ganguly said in an official release.
The ICC Cricket Committee consists of – Sourav Ganguly (Chairman); Ramiz Raja (The Observer); Mahela Jayawardena and Roger Harper (Past player); Daniel Vettori and VVS Laxman (Representatives of current players); Gary Stead (Team Member Coach Representative); Jay Shah (Full Member Representative); Joel Wilson (Umpires Representative); Ranjan Madugalle (ICC Referee); Jamie Cox (MCC Representative); Kyle Coetzer (Associate Representative); Shaun Pollock (Media Representative); Greg Barclay and Geoff Allardice (Exketsio – President and CEO of ICC); Clive Hitchcock (Commission Secretary); David Kendix (Statistician).
The changes that will come into effect from October 1, 2022 are:
Batters return when captured: When a batter is caught, the new batter will arrive at the end of the striker, regardless of whether the batter passes before the catch is made.
Use saliva to polish: This ban has been in place for over two years on international cricket as a temporary measure related to Covid and it is deemed appropriate for the ban to take effect permanently.
The hitter comes ready to face the ball: A forward hitter will now be required to be ready to strike within two minutes in Trials and ODIs, while the current 90-second threshold in T20I remains unchanged.
Striker’s right to play: This is restricted to require certain parts of the club or their person to be on the field. If they risk exceeding that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball. Any ball that forces the batter to leave the field will also be called No Ball.
Unhealthy movement of the shield: Any unfair and intentional movement while the pitcher is running into the ball can now result in the referee issuing five free kicks to the hitting side, in addition to calling the Ball died.
Out of strikers who are not strikers: The Conditions of Play follow the Rules in transferring this Runaway effect from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Runaway’ section.
The pitcher throws the ball towards the striker’s end before serving: In the past, a pitcher who sees the batter coming down the racket frame before entering their serve stroke might throw the ball to try to get rid of the striker. This exercise will now be called Dead ball.
Other important decisions: In-match penalty introduced during T20Is in January 2022, (whereby a team’s failure to make it through their round before the scheduled stoppage time will result in an additional puncher). must be enclosed for the remaining innings), which will now also apply in ODI matches following the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023.
The conditions for all Men’s and Women’s ODI and T20I matches will also be revised to allow mixed use of the field, if agreed to by both teams. Currently, the hybrid field can only be used in Women’s T20I matches.
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