ICC Announces Changes To Playing Conditions, Saliva Use Completely Banned

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced several changes to playing conditions on Tuesday after the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) ratified recommendations from the Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee, which adopted the updated 3rd edition of the 2017 Code of the Laws. MCC discussed. van Cricket and shared its conclusions with the Women’s Cricket Committee, which endorsed the recommendations to CEC. The most important changes to the playing conditions will take effect on October 1, 2022.

“It was an honor to chair my first meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee. I was pleased with the productive contribution of the Committee members, which resulted in making important recommendations. I thank all members for their valuable input and suggestions,” Ganguly stated in an official release.

The ICC Cricket Committee consists of: — Sourav Ganguly (Chairman); Ramiz Raja (observer); Mahela Jayawardena and Roger Harper (former players); Daniel Vettori and VVS Laxman (representatives of current players); Gary Stead (member team coach representative); Jay Shah (Full Members’ Representative); Joel Wilson (referee’s representative); Ranjan Madugalle (ICC Chief Referee); Jamie Cox (MCC representative); Kyle Coetzer (Associated Representative); Shaun Pollock (media representative); Greg Barclay and Geoff Allardice (Ex officio – ICC Chairman and Chief Executive); Clive Hitchcock (secretary to the committee); David Kendix (Statistician).

The changes that will take effect on October 1, 2022 are:

Batters return when caught: When a batter is Caught out, the new batter will come in at the end that the batter was, regardless of whether the batters crossed before the flyout was taken.

Using saliva to polish the ball: This ban has been in effect in international cricket for over two years as a temporary measure related to Covid and it is considered appropriate to make the ban permanent.

Incoming batter ready to face the ball: An incoming batter should now be ready to strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, while the current ninety second threshold in T20Is remains unchanged.

The striker’s right to play the ball: This is restricted so that part of their bat or person must remain within the field. Should they go beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball. Any ball that would force the batter to leave the field is also not called a ball.

Unfair move by the fielding side: Any unfair and intentional move while the bowler runs to the bowl can now result in the umpire awarding five penalty runs to the batting side in addition to a call from Dead ball.

Running out of the non-rush hour: The terms of play follow the laws in moving this method to effect a run out from the “unfair play” section to the “run out” section.

Bowler throws to end of striker for deliveryPreviously, a bowler who saw the batter advance past the wicket before going into their bowling pass could throw the ball to try and run the batter out. This exercise is now called a dead ball.


Other important decisions: The in-match penalty introduced in T20Is in January 2022 (where the failure of a field team to bowl their overs at the scheduled stop time will result in an additional fielder having to be brought inside the field circle for the remaining overs of the innings), will now also be applied in ODI matches following the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League in 2023.

It was also decided that the terms of play for all ODI and T20I men’s and women’s matches will be changed to allow for the use of hybrid pitches, if both teams agree. Currently, hybrid fields can only be used in women’s T20I competitions.

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