The International Cricket Council is set to change the playing conditions starting 1st October 2022

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Cricket has been advancing to newer and newer stages in a short span of time. It is developing and new rules are being implemented to make sports more fairer and interesting. Every department ie batting, bowling as well as fielding benefited. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to change the playing conditions starting from 1st October 2022. The t20 world cup will also come under this rule.

Major changes implemented by ICC

The Men’s Cricket Committee is led by Sourav Ganguly. In MCC’s updated 3rd edition of the 2017 code of laws of cricket, Ganguly recommended a lot of changes in playing conditions. The Women’s Cricket Committee was also in favor of that.

Sourav Ganguly’s statement:

“It was an honour chairing my first meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee. I was pleased with the productive contribution of the Committee members which resulted in key recommendations being made. I thank all members for their valuable input and suggestions.”

Here is the list of changes

Batters returning from caught.

Previously, when a batsman was caught out, if he has crossed the striker before being caught, the news batsman would have taken non-striker’s end. But now regardless of anything if a batsman is caught out the new batsman has to take the striker’s end.

Use of saliva to polish the ball

The practice of polishing of ball using saliva was banned in view of the spread of Covid 19. ICC made it a permanent affair now as it had minimum changes.

Incoming batter ready to face the ball

Previously, the new incoming batsman had a span of 3 minutes in the test as well one-day matches. But the time span is reduced with the new changes. It is now within 2 minutes in test and ODI. The 90 seconds in t20i is unchanged. If the batter fails to reach within the stipulated time the opposition captain may ask for a dismissal.

Striker’s right to play the ball

According to this new rule, the striker has to keep some part of the bat in the pitch area itself. If the batsman fails to do so, the umpire may call it a dead ball. The umpire also may call it a no-ball if the bowler bowls in such a manner by which the batsman was tempted to do so.

Unfair movement by the fielding side

If there is any unwanted or deliberate movement by the fielding side while bowling the umpire has the right to give 5 penalty runs to the batting side in addition to declaring it as a dead ball.

Running out of the nonstriker

Earlier mankading was considered an unfair means of play. The most debatable topic rise after Ravichandran Ashwin’s attempt. But in the updated version of the rules, Mankading is being legalized.

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

The bowler previously used to throw the ball in an attempt to run out when he sees the batsman come down the wicket before the bowler entered the delivery stride. This practice is now illegal.

Other major decisions

The fielding side has to face the penalty if they are unable to complete their overs in the stipulated time. We have seen this in the IND PAK match in Asia Cup 2022. Soon it will be implemented in ODI’s too.

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