ICC Cricket Rules have been changed effective September, 28 2017. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced set of new changes to the playing conditions. The changes in the code of laws were confirmed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in March, ICC will follow the same and document all the regulations in one document.
Following are the changes to the existing ICC Cricket Rules:
Bails tethered to the stumps:
ICC has agreed for bails being tethered to the stumps to avoid injuries to the wicket keeper when the stumps are broken. However, the mechanism used to tether the bails must not interfere with their ability to be dislodged.
As per the new rule, each teams can have six substitute players as against four substitute players earlier. This is applicable for Test cricket.
Measurement of the Cricket Bat:
The new rule suggest that the thickness of the edge of the cricket bat must not exceed 40 mm. On the other hand, the thickness of the cricket bat should not be more than 67 mm at any point. Umpires will have all the rights to gauge that the bats are as per the regulations.
Earlier, an airborne fielder has an option to stop the ball even when he/she is out of the boundary line. Now, it is been taken out! Yes, the airborne fielder must be inside the boundary line when he/she makes the first contact with cricket ball; otherwise, it is considered as a boundary.
Byes and Leg Byes With No Ball:
Any byes or leg byes scored off a no ball, will now be counted separately. So, there will be one run for no ball counted against the bowler’s name going forward. Earlier, all the extras were used to be counted as no ball.
Bouncers per over:
Only one bouncer per over is allowed as per the new rule as against two bouncers per over earlier. Also, if the fielder intercepts the delivery before it reaches the batsman, the same is called as ‘Dead Ball’.
Withdrawal of appeal:
An appeal can be withdrawn or an umpire can re-call the batsman before the ball comes into play for next delivery. Earlier, the batsman could not be re-called once he leaves the field.
Suspension of the Player:
The player can now be sent off the field for the serious mis-conduct. This is basically applied for the level 4 offences and the ICC code of conduct would be applied for level 1-3 offences.
Handled the ball dismissal:
The handled the ball dismissal has been removed and has been included under obstructing-the field category.
The team will not lose the review, if the umpire’s decision remain unchanged and DRS shows “umpire’s call”. Also, the teams will have only two unsuccessful review for the entire innings in a Test Match. There will be DRS with one review per innings is also allowed in T20 International as per new ICC cricket rules.
Ball to Helmet of the Wicket Keeper:
The batsman can be caught, run-out or stumped even if the ball makes the contact with the helmet worn by the fielder or wicket keeper.