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ICC allows umpires to reduce interval

cricket Updated: May 29, 2009 13:23 IST
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Cricket officials have moved quickly to avoid another abandoned game in England's one-day series with New Zealand by amending the rules to allow for a shorter interval between innings.

The second of the five-match series was declared a no result on Wednesday at Edgbaston because of persistent rain.

The match had initially been reduced from 50 to 24 overs a side. When the players walked off, New Zealand had only needed to face one more over to have the match count.

Many blamed the required 30-minute interval between the innings for the abandonment.

The England and Wales Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket asked the International Cricket Council to allow umpires to be able to shorten the interval to prevent a similar situation happening again.

"Both ECB and New Zealand Cricket felt strongly that the regulation should be amended forthwith for the remainder of our series and we are grateful to ICC for ratifying our proposal," ECB chief executive David Collier said on Fiday.