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The Modern Day Rulebook of Cricket!

So an injured batsman won’t get a runner now. A batsman will face a different ball (well almost literally) in every over. Well, just a few rules that might come into force depending upon the outcomes of the recent ICC Chief Executives' Committee which took place in Hong Kong. Even the new Decision Review System has been made mandatory in Tests and ODIs.

These developments took place in the light of the recent controversies between Andrew Strauss and Graeme Smith at the 2009 Champions Trophy. There had been complaints regarding problems in sighting the white ball as he innings progressed. The ICCs had tried to address that by replacing the ball after 34 overs. But it didn’t work. The new ruling means bowlers will be able to get the ball to swing for longer periods. This will definitely reflect in the strategy.

The other major decision regarding the one-day game was to allow teams to take the batting and bowling Powerplays only between the 16th and 40th over. While the idea behind introducing the concept of Powerplays was add an element of unpredictability to the format, bowling sides usually stuck to taking their Powerplay between the 11th and 15th over, while the batting team saved them for late in the innings, something the new proposal aims to correct also.

ICC chief Haroon Lorgat backed the changes suggested. "Even though the success of 50-over cricket played during the World Cup 2011 was universally acknowledged, the CEC rightly supported the enhancements recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee to strengthen the format further, including encouraging Members to trial some specific innovations in their domestic cricket."

The rules have also come up to change the maximum number of overs a bowler can bowl, and also increasing the number of bouncers permitted in an over from one to two, making it optional to have close-in catchers and restricting the number of fielders outside the circle to four in non-Powerplay overs.

Tougher penalties can also been seen making their way into the game, for slow over-rates. So While captains were previously suspended for three over-rate breaches within a year, they will now be docked after only two offences!

The other major issues include the format of World Cup 2015 and the new system of choosing the ICC presidents. Pakistan & Bangladesh who have filed for the candidature for the next president and vice-president - are believed to be opposing to changing of current procedure.

So cricket is set for a major overhaul this year. From the game, to regulations, to the governing body, much like a game of 21st century for a 21st Century fan.

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People requires change in everything...
kiran0520 on 23 Sep 2011, 07:49 AM
It is good Haroon brought the Test championship. Else the future of tests will be in trial. He is a good thinker and brought some good rules in cricket too.
shriram-jagadeesan on 28 Aug 2011, 06:43 PM
Changes are good until it affects cricket
shashi-kumar2 on 21 Jul 2011, 09:40 PM
Changes are good to an extent, but, not always or all of them. The narrowing down of power play windows is a good one, but, I don't feel good about changing the playing conditions like the number of overs per bowler. Well, let's see what will the final outcome be and hope the changes will make the game fairer and more interesting.
Wizardprince on 21 Jul 2011, 06:51 AM
These new rules have been done by BCCI and no one can question them as they are the big boss as of now...
shashi-kumar2 on 19 Jul 2011, 03:38 AM
Ireland and Netherlands need to play they were doing really well
krishnasa1 on 19 Jul 2011, 03:18 AM
Looks fair corrections except no runner for a injured player. Let's wait, watch and walk.
siddhh on 09 Jul 2011, 05:34 AM
Lol....No runner for an injured batsmen means a mobile without battery...
Am having certain doubts regarding the ICC official's education level and knowledge regarding cricket....A blunder...
abdul-razak on 06 Jul 2011, 12:09 AM
give chance to rilee and vandiar...
shashi-kumar2 on 05 Jul 2011, 09:52 PM
changes are good unless they are effective
arunrc on 04 Jul 2011, 08:37 PM
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