ICC has been seeking inspiration from one of Dua Lipa’s most famous albums. They got new rules and they count them. Sourav Ganguly, head of the ICC Cricket Committee, has endorsed revisions to the Playing Conditions in the MCC’s amended 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket.
The findings were also presented to the Women’s Cricket Committee, who approved the recommendations. The redrafted Playing Conditions will take effect on October 1, 2022, which indicates that the ordinances will be enforced at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
The relevant new rules will be implemented by ICC in upcoming T20 World Cup:
1) Elimination of batter crossing across.
To put it simply, the new batter should take strike after a wicket.
Previously, if a batter was caught out and the non-striker had crossed, the non-striker would face the next delivery. That rule has been changed such that the following batter must confront the next delivery.
2) The usage of saliva is forbidden.
Predominantly in cricket, you’d want the ball to keep its shine on one side. This would aid the ball in moving off the deck or swinging because the glossy side is the heavier side of the ball, and swinging has to do with ability and conditions. A primitive method of keeping the shine is to use sweat or saliva. During the global pandemic of 2020, this rule was briefly outlawed as a preventive measure. It has now been made permanent. Players should refrain from using their saliva to keep the ball gleaming.
3) Time constraints.
In Tests and ODIs, an incoming batter must now be ready to take a strike within two minutes, while the current T20I standard of 90 seconds stays unaltered.
In ODIs and Tests, the entering batter had three minutes to take strike, but this has recently been lowered to two minutes. If this is not done, the fielding captain may request a timeout.
4) Cricket to be played on the pitch.
A portion of their bat or body must remain within the pitch. A dead ball will be called and signaled by the umpire if they go beyond that. Balls that force a hitter from the pitch will also be considered No-balls.
5) Penalty calls.
This regulation should pertain to fielders in some way. If the fielders intentionally move or maneuver around when the bowler is steaming in, the ball is deemed dead, resulting in five penalty runs for the hitter.
6) No longer to be deemed ‘Mankaded.’
Ravi Ashwin must be licking his lips as we speak. Dislodging the bails at the non-striker’s end before delivering the ball is now considered a legal manner of dismissal. It will count as a runout for backing up too far.
7) You can no longer outwit the batter.
Previously, a bowler might toss the ball to try to run the striker out if they spotted the batter advance down the wicket before commencing their delivery stride. This is now known as a Dead ball.
8) Over-time penalty.
If the fielding team does not meet its quota in the allotted time, the team must play the remaining overs with an extra fielder within the ring.
The ICC has totally nailed it with these new rules, some of which make the game more equitable, as it is frequently believed to be a batter’s game. These amendments will be enforced starting in October and will be visible throughout the T20 World Cup. Hopefully, these rules will make the game more enjoyable to watch. Cheers, all good.