The forthcoming Test series between South Africa and Bangladesh are going to be taken place under some new cricketing rules of International Cricket Council (ICC), set to be implemented from 28th of September instead of 1st October that was fixed earlier. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ নতুন নিয়মে বাংলাদেশ-দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকা সিরিজ]
The new set of rules include the Code of Conduct, usage of Decision Review System and most importantly the size of the bat. The new rules were recommended by traditional Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on May which was later been approved by the International Cricket Council on June.
The new rules of ICC:
1. The new run-out rule
According to the new rule, once the bat touches the ground beyond the crease, it confirms the batsman is inside the popping crease. Even if the bat somehow leaps back up beyond the line and the stumps light up, it will not be an issue. The batsman will be ruled to have made his ground and therefore, not out.
The rule, however, amended to prevent the confusion of being run outs. In majority of cases it is seen that a batsman, when hastily try to reach the popping crease, bat leaps to the air even after crossing the margin, in customary rules, it is considered out.
2. New bat sizes
The introduction of T20 has made cricket more or less a batsman’s game. ODIs too have seen an upsurge in runs being scored. The thicker and broader a bat, it probably provide the batsmen with some advantage over the bowlers.
Hence, to curb that, ICC has introduced new dimensions for bats. The bat sizes, from now on, will be limited to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
3. The new Decision Review System
As of now, if a DRS verdict returns to umpire’s call, the team that has asked for the review loses the review. As of 1st October, under the new rule, umpire’s call comes into effect when there is a benefit of doubt to be awarded.
Sometimes ball tracking cannot establish whether the ball is completely hitting the stumps or just shaving it. In that case, the decision goes back to the umpire’s call on the field. If that happens, the team won’t lose a review.
In Test matches, the reviews are refreshed at the 80-over mark. As of now, a team is allowed two failed reviews and after 80-overs till the end of the innings, they are giving two more. There will be no top-up after the 80-over mark.
The ICC have also agreed that the DRS is to be used in all T20Is as well.
4. The red card
Just like football, this new rule gives the umpires the authority to send players off for serious misconduct/violence on the field. This will ensure that the gentleman’s game, is played like it is supposed to be.
Other issues of misconduct will be dealt according to the already established ICC rules.