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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