ICC introduce two major changes at Annual conference
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Thursday that the introduction of concussion replacements and a change to over-rate punishments were two of the major decisions.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) gave a shocking announcement at the Annual Conference as they have suspended Zimbabwe cricket with immediate effect due to their political interference.
Zimbabwe failed to fulfil their obligation to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its administration for cricket. As a result of that, ICC will not provide anymore fund to Zimbabwe and it puts their participation in October’s Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, ICC made two major changes. Concussion replacements will also be introduced following successful trials in domestic cricket. The player will need to be a like-for-like substitute, and any such switch will need to be approved by the Match Referee. The change will come into effect from 1 August, meaning the first game for which they will be in play will be the first men’s Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
The second change is an alteration to punishments for maintaining a slow over-rate. Captains will no longer face suspension, but players face point deductions in the ICC Test Championship for breaches.