From cap to helmets, 60 overs to 20, from a couple of umpires to 3, cricket has gone through a number of changes. Gradually, new rules were set as new formats of cricket evolved so that both the parties have an equal advantage.
This time, ICC after discussion with other members of the game has come up with an altered set of rules that is to be applied on-field from the 1st of October.
Here is all you need to know to keep yourself updated about the game.
Do you remember how many times a batsman got run-out despite touching the crease just because their bat was in the air after touching the crease? Well, it's gone now.
According to the new rule, once the bat touches the crease, and the bells didn’t light up by then, it will be considered as the batsman is in. So, bad-luck is ruled out now.
Cricket adopted a new rule from football, i.e. the red card rule. Yes, according to the new rule, if any of the players make some serious misconduct or gets involved in a physical tussle, the umpire got the authority to rule him/her out of the game by showing the red card.
The increased amount of violence in this gentlemen game, this rule was much needed.
A machine cannot be always precise in a human game. So, ICC decided to make DRS final call as umpires call.
In a number of occasions, the decision was made in favour of ball tracking verdict. But it isn’t always necessary that the ball tracking is perfect. Sometimes, the ball may miss the stump. So, from now on, the benefit of doubt will be decided by the umpire and the team won’t lose a review.
While as in the test game, the extra set of reviews the player got after 80 overs will be no more valid in the future. The players from now on, they will get 2 reviews at the beginning and 2 more after the completion of 80 overs. From now on, apart from the ODI and Test, DRS will be applied on T20s as well.
Bat sizes modified. Wider bats have started a making huge impact on the game. The game turned to a batsman game as wider bat leads to a huge disadvantage for the bowlers. So, ICC decided a new dimension for bats, i.e. 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges. This will take away the advantages the batsman was getting by using wider bats.
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