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ICC introduces new playing conditions such as an in-match penalty for slow over-rate in T20 Internationals

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When the two teams of the men’s West Indies and Ireland will clash on the 16th of January in Sabina Park in Jamaica, they will be playing under the new playing conditions as introduced by the ICC.

The ICC has introduced a new rule of in-match penalty for teams who, in case fail or fall short of overcoming the slow over-rates as stipulated.

Currently, the over-rate regulations indicate that the fielding side needs to bowl the first ball of the final over by the scheduled or the rescheduled time of the end of innings.

ICC introduces new playing conditions such as an in-match penalty for slow over-rate in T20 Internationals, Six Sports

If unable to abide by this rule, then one fielder is to be removed from outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings.

This penalty will form a part of the regulations for slow over-rate as put in the guidelines by the ICC in their ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

This change was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, which holds regular discussions on how to improve playing conditions in all three formats and decided to put these regulations in place after seeing its effectiveness in The Hundred, a T20 league hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

ICC introduces new playing conditions such as an in-match penalty for slow over-rate in T20 Internationals, Six Sports

Another development is the allowance of optional drinks break for two minutes and thirty seconds midway through an innings at the start of each bilateral series.

This agreement has been come at after discussing it with all the member boards of the cricket-playing nations.

The women’s bilateral series between South Africa and the West Indies will see the new playing conditions come into effect from the 18th of January.

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