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ODI rules undergo major revamp

Now, teams would have an option of making changes in the playing XI on the reserve day of a match if toss but no play is possible on the originally scheduled day.

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2007 01:36 IST

In a major change to the playing conditions during the World Cup, teams would have an option of making changes in the playing XI on the reserve day of a match if toss but no play is possible on the originally scheduled day.

Calculation on net run-rate and amended role of ICC match referee were also clarified for the showpiece event at a recent pre-tournament meeting involving event officials, captains, coaches and managers of the 16 competing teams.

During the meeting, which took place in Montego Bay, it was agreed that in the event of a toss but no play-taking place on the first scheduled day of a match, the toss could take place again and the teams changed for the reserve day.

In announcing this decision, the ICC also clarified the situations concerning the calculation of net run-rate during the tournament and the role of the match referee in relation to Law 21.3 (‘Umpires awarding a match’).

Explaining the decision concerning the potential for a re-toss on day two of a rain-ruined match, ICC General Manager Cricket and Chairman of the Tournament Technical Committee David Richardson said: "Under the original playing conditions the result of the toss was carried over to the reserve day even if a ball was not bowled on day one but there was a groundswell of opinion against that in the meeting.

“The concerns included the fact that conditions may change overnight and that might result in a side being unfairly disadvantaged if the original toss remained in place.

Richardson, however, said in such a case the match would be regarded as one.

“In effect, in those circumstances, the captains have agreed to discount the first toss. As such the first toss will be deemed not to have taken place at all and that means there is no question of players being awarded caps on the basis of that first day," he clarified.