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Cricket Update: ICC announced new rules, changes in playing conditions

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a series of rule changes following the recommendations from the Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee. These new rules and changes were announced and will come into effect on October 1, with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia set to be the first major tournament to be played under the new rules. Get cricket updates, news and predictions here! 

Among significant changes in rules is the permanent ban of using saliva to shine the ball. “This prohibition has been in place for over two years in international cricket as a Covid-related temporary measure and it is considered appropriate for the ban to be made permanent,” the ICC said in a statement. The ICC urged players to use sweat to shine the ball instead. Read more for ICC live score and other cricket results. 

The rule that a non-striker may be run out even if he has left his crease before the ball is delivered was moved from the section on “Unfair Play” to the “Run Outs” section. The controversial dismissal, famously dubbed a “Mankad”, named after India bowler who ran out Australia batsman Bill Brown in the 1948 Sydney Test, ignited debates ever since it was introduced in that year. 

Another notable change is the reduction of time limit for incoming batters. “An incoming batter will now be required to be ready to take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, while the current threshold of 90 seconds in T20Is remains unchanged,” the ICC said. Previously, the incoming batter had three minutes to take strike in ODIs and Tests but it has now been reduced. 

Also for batters, when a batter is out Caught, the new batter has to step in at the end the striker was “regardless of whether the batters crossed prior to the catch being taken.” Striker’s right to play the ball is also amended. To make sure that the batsman does not step out of his crease, the umpire will call and signal a Dead ball. If a ball would force the batter to leave his pitch it will also be called No Ball.

For fielders, any unfair and deliberate movements while the bowler is running in to bowl is now subject to five penalty runs to the batting side. Bowlers, on the other hand, will no longer be allowed to illegally attempt to run out the striker by moving down the wicket before they bowl and then throwing at their stumps. Such an attempt will result in a Dead ball.

The other major change in Playing Conditions is the use of hybrid pitches at all men’s and women’s one-day and Twenty20 internationals. Hybrid pitches, which are a mix of natural grass and artificial turf, have previously only been used for women’s Twenty20 internationals. If agreed by both teams, both men’s cricket matches may also use hybrid pitches.

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