ICC conditions changes: overrate penalty in ODIs; Saliva ban permanent

ICC conditions changes

ICC conditions changes

The ICC has made several changes to the playing conditions across formats, which will come into effect from October 1, 2022. The Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia will be played with the new rules in place.

The Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee recommended the ICC conditions changes to the playing conditions in MCC’s updated third edition of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket.

“It was an honour chairing my first meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee,” Ganguly said. “I was pleased with the productive contribution of the Committee members which resulted in key recommendations being made. I thank all members for their valuable input and suggestions.”

New batter takes strike: This rule was announced as early as March this year, stating that irrespective of whether the two batters cross before a catch is taken, the batter that walks in at the fall of the wicket will take strike.

Saliva ban made permanent: The pandemic forced cricket to be played within bio-bubbles and with restrictions such as the ban on the usage of saliva to shine the ball. After a two-year period when Covid-19 has had a big impact on the world, the ICC has decided that the ban on the usage of saliva would be made permanent, even as bio-bubbles aren’t mandatory anymore.

Running out the non-striker: Running out the non-striker for backing up too far has often attracted spirit-of-the-game debates. This method of affecting a dismissal has now been moved from the ‘unfair play’ section to the ‘run out’ section. The mode of dismissal, often referred to as ‘Mankading’, will now be considered a regular run out.

Timed out in ODIs and Tests: Previously in ODIs and Tests, a batter had three minutes to walk out at the fall of a wicket and take strike. That timing has been shortened, and a new batter is required to take strike within two minutes of a dismissal in the two formats. The threshold of 90 seconds in T20Is remains unchanged.

Five-run Penalty for unfair field movement: Any unfair or deliberate movement by the fielding side when the bowler is running in to bowl could now lead to a five-run penalty awarded to the batting team as well as the ball being called dead.

Over-rate penalty: In January 2022, an in-match penalty was introduced in T20Is. As per this, a fielding side must be in a position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings. If they are not in such a position, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside the 30-yard circle for the remainder of the innings. This rule will now be adopted in ODIs as well, after the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2023.

No-ball for venturing out of the pitch: If a batter moves beyond the confines of the pitch to play a delivery, it will be deemed a no-ball. Some part of the batter or the bat is needed to remain within the pitch.

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