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Powerplay rules may change again

The ODI format could see a few more changes in the near future with the ICC cricket committee recommending changes in the powerplay overs and two short-pitched deliveries in an over. HT reports. Other important decisions

cricket Updated: Jun 02, 2012 01:43 IST
HT Correspondent

The ODI format could see a few more changes in the near future with the ICC cricket committee recommending changes in the powerplay overs and two short-pitched deliveries in an over.

The committee, during its two-day meeting in London, felt that shifting the powerplays to between the 16th and 40th over had made little impact on the game. In view of that, the committee proposed that powerplays be restricted to the first 10 overs, plus a five-over batting powerplay to be completed by the 40th over.

The other related recommendation is to allow a maximum of four players on the boundary during the non-powerplay overs, as opposed to the current stipulation of five players. This, if implemented, will give batsmen more opportunities to find boundaries.

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Relief for bowlers
In a balancing act, though, the proposal to allow two short-pitched deliveries in an over will give bowlers something to smile at. "The committee was mindful of the need to avoid continual changes but was determined to complete the process initiated last year to enhance the format. These recommendations for ODI cricket will help create an even more attractive spectacle as we approach the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," said David Richardson, ICC general manager.