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Cricket to change, new rules on run-outs, bat size, poor behaviour from Sept. 28

The International Cricket Council has announced the implementation of new playing conditions from September 28 across all formats of international cricket

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 11:16 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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In one of the biggest decisions announced by the International Cricket Council, the sizes of the bats will be reduced to a depth of maximum 67mm and edges cannot be more than 40mm thick.(Getty Images - file photo)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced implementing changes in playing conditions from the introduction of Decision Review System (DRS) in T20 Internationals to putting a restriction on the bat sizes.

Players can now also be sent off the field for misconduct, as the new ‘playing conditions’ will be applicable in all series across formats effective September 28.

Teams will also not lose any review due to ‘umpire’s call’, said cricket’s world body, adding that it was doing away with DRS appeal top-ups in Test cricket after 80 overs in an innings.

In a move that will help the batsmen survive close run-out chances, grounding the bat or any part of his body inside the crease but losing contact before stumps are broken will not be considered run out.

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While the ongoing limited-overs series between India and Australia consisting five ODIs and three T20Is will not be affected by the new playing conditions as reported earlier, the upcoming two-match Test series between South Africa and Bangladesh starting September 28 will see the new rules coming into effect. The upcoming series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also see the new playing conditions being put into use.

In one of the biggest decisions announced by the ICC, the sizes of the bats will be reduced to a depth of maximum 67mm and edges cannot be more than 40mm thick.

The ICC informed in a press release, “To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the playing conditions now restrict the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness. The restriction on the length and width of bats remain unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most. Umpires will be issued with a new bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat’s legality.”

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Players can now be sent off for the rest of the match for ‘any serious misconduct’, to be dealt under Level 4 offences whereas any misconduct falling under 1-3 levels of offences will be dealt under the ICC Code of Conduct.

game changers
From run-outs to red cards, from catches to tethered bails — cricket’s new playing conditions will come into effect during the South Africa-Bangladesh and Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series starting Thursday. Here are some key changes announced by ICC
No bouncing bat
’Bouncing bat’ run-outs to no longer be out, provided the batsman has "continued forward momentum through running or diving" when the wicket is put down.Rohit Sharma was unfortunate to have been run-out on 91 in India’s 2017 ICC Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.
Willow talk
Bats with edges thicker than 40mm, depth 67mm are banned. Dhoni’s bat has a 45mm edge.David Warner’s bat has a depth of 85mm, 18mm more than the allowed limit of 67mm.
Umpires’ call
A DRS review will not be lost if a decision stays unchanged, solely as the result of an ‘umpire’s call’. As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs.
Red card
On-field officials will also have the power to send violent players (Level 4 offence) off the field, either temporarily or permanently, and award penalty runs to the opposition.
Off the head
Batsmen can now be out caught, stumped or run-out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.
No foxing
Fielders deceiving or distracting a batsman (where a player pretends to throw or pick up a ball) can now be penalised.
Rein ‘em in
Tethered bails could be used to prevent injuries like the eye injury sustained by former South Africa keeper Mark Boucher.

This change in rules will be applicable across formats.

“Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences,” the ICC said.

Teams will not lose reviews for ‘umpire’s call’, the ICC said, while taking away the top-up feature which will force the teams to be more accurate with their DRS calls.

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“The above changes will be applicable across all formats, as will be a change in the DRS rules by which a review will now not be lost in case of a decision that remains unchanged, solely as the result of an ‘umpire’s call’. As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs of an innings, meaning that there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings, while the DRS will now also be allowed to be used in T20Is,” the release added.

Explaining the new rule of run outs going forward, the ICC said, “If a batsman is running or diving towards the crease with forward momentum, and has grounded his/her bat behind the popping crease but subsequently has lost contact with the ground at the time of the wickets being put down, the batsman will not be run out. The same interpretation will also apply for a batsman trying to regain his/her ground to avoid being stumped.”

Also, the ICC ruled that for “boundary catches, airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball will need to have taken off from within the boundary, otherwise a boundary will be scored.”

A batsman can also be declared out “caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicketkeeper”.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 13:34 IST