ICC reveals list of amended laws


International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the list of amended laws that are to be implemented from later this month. The ongoing series between India and Australia is the last series with the current rules.

Pakistan’s series against Sri Lanka will feature the new laws of ICC as it is kicking off from September 28.

Here are some of the amended laws by the ICC.

Thickness of bats
The thickness of bats has been restricted by the ICC to restore the balance between bat and the ball. Edges of the bats are now limited to 40mm and overall depth to 67mm.

Players sent off
Umpires will now be able to send off players on violent misconduct, it will not be similar to what happens in a football field, but serious violations can result in sending the player off the field.

Change in DRS
Teams will not lose their reviews on an ‘Umpire’s call’, however, teams will not get two new reviews in Test matches after 80 overs. DRS can now also be used in T20 Internationals.

Bails attached to strings
Tethered bails (bails attached to stumps with strings) can also be used in international cricket to avoid injuries. South African keeper, Mark Boucher received an injury while keeping when the bail hit him in the eye and cut-short his career.

Batsmen will be caught after hitting fielders/keeper’s helmet
Previously, if a batsman was caught after the ball hit close fielders’ or keeper’s helmet, he was given not out. Now, the rule has changed and he will be given out.

Bouncing bat
Now if a batsman makes his ground by diving and then the bat bounces off the turf while ball disturbs the bails, it will be considered as a not out.

Ball bouncing more than once is a no-ball
If the ball bounces more than once before reaching the batsmen’s crease, it will be given as a no-ball. Previously, ball had to bounce twice before reaching the popping crease to rule it as an illegal delivery.

Fielders deceiving batsmen
There are instances where fielders show as if they have got the ball in their hand or is throwing the ball to distract the batsman, now such act would be subjected to a penalty.

Deliberate no-ball
Bowlers bowling no-ball intentionally will be barred from bowling in the rest of the inning.

Handling the ball
‘Handled the ball’ dismissal is now considered as ‘obstructing the field’.