The significant changes include restrictions of bat size, use of red cards and changes in DRS (Decision Review System).
Red card is set to be introduced in cricket. A player can be sent off by the on-field umpire for misconduct. Time has come to say goodbye to big bats. Thickness of bat cannot be over 40 mm while the depth will be maximum of 67 mm.
DRS will be available for T20Is now. Umpire’s call will not cost review for the teams. In Tests, a team will have only two reviews for the whole innings.
A batsman will be caught even if the ball contacts the helmet of a fielder or wicket-keeper. Airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball will need to have taken off from within the boundary, otherwise a boundary will be scored.
“Most of the changes to the ICC playing conditions are being made as a result of changes to the Laws of Cricket that have been announced by the MCC,” ICC general manager of cricket Geoff Allardice said.
“We have just completed a workshop with the umpires to ensure they understand all of the changes and we are now ready to introduce the new playing conditions to international matches.”
The new rules will be in real from the first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh in Potchefstroom on September 28. The current India-Australia series is the last series which is being played with previous playing conditions.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com