ICC Dictates New Rules For Cricket Playing Conditions 2022

ICC Dictates New Rules For Cricket Playing Conditions 2022

The International Cricket Council (ICC), in its latest meeting today, has made several changes to the Playing Conditions of cricket. These rules have been approved by the committee and will be applicable to both men’s and women’s cricket from October 2022 onwards. Here are they;

ICC’s New Cricket Rules

Batters return when caught:

When a batter is caught out, the next incoming batter will start his innings at the strike’s end directly – regardless of whether the batters crossed the half-pitch prior to the catch being taken.

Use of saliva to polish the ball:

As we see it as a common practice to use saliva for polishing the ball, this has been banned in the last two years due to COVID reasons. And now, this ban has been extended to o permanent – thinking of it as an appropriate measure.

Incoming batter ready to face the ball:

The new incoming batsmen should be ready to take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, and in 90 seconds in T20Is (which has been unchanged).

Striker’s right to play the ball:

If a bowler fails to bowl properly within the pitch limits – the batsman is restricted from going outside the pitch to hit it. He’s now supposed to have some part of their bat or person remain within the pitch. Thus, in case of the worst ball, the umpire will declare that as a Dead ball.

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery:

Previously, a bowler who saw the batter advancing down the wicket before entering their delivery stride could throw the ball to attempt to Run out the striker. This practice will now be called a Dead ball.

Unfair movement by the fielding side:

Fielders moving while the bowler is in action is prohibited. So any unfair or deliberate movement by fielders will now result in the umpire awarding five penalty runs to the batting side, plus calling the ball Dead ball.

Running out of the non-striker:

The Playing Conditions follow the Laws in moving this method of effecting a Run out from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section.

Field Restrictions as Slow-over rate penalty:

As we see in the T20Is lately – a failure of the fielding team to bowl their overs in scheduled time leads to an additional fielder bringing inside the fielding circle for the remaining overs of the innings – is now applicable to the ODI matches too, after the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League next year.

Further, the committee has decided to allow Men’s and Women’s ODI and T20I matches to be played on hybrid pitches – if both the teams agree. Currently, these are being used only in Women’s T20I matches.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.