The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed its new set of rules on Tuesday that are set to change the sport forever. These new rules will come into effect in all series starting September 28 or later. However, the ongoing India-Australia limited-overs series will continue to be played as per the old rules. All of these rules will come into effect from the two upcoming Test series: when South Africa host Bangladesh and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. After the implementation of these rules, the viewers will get to see a totally new game. Here are 5 changes that will come into effect from tomorrow:
1. Send-offs: Under the new rules, players involved in on-field scuffles can now be sent-off by the umpires. This will be done for Level 4 offences only. “Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences,” the ICC said.
2. Bat dimensions: In order to maintain a healthy competition between bat and ball, ICC has decided to restrict the thickness of the bats.”The restriction on the length and width of bats remain unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most. Umpires will be issued with a new bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat’s legality,” it stated.
3. DRS: In a major boost for the captains, they will not lose the DRS in case a decision remains unchanged, solely as the result of an ‘umpire’s call’. “As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs of an innings, meaning that there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings, while the DRS will now also be allowed to be used in T20Is,” ICC said.
4. Run-outs will be tough: It will now be more difficult for the fielders to run out a batsman. “An important change with respect to runouts is that if a batsman is running or diving towards the crease with forward momentum, and has grounded his/her bat behind the popping crease but subsequently lost contact with the ground at the time of the wickets being put down, the batsman will not be run out,” the governing body said while adding that the same interpretation will also apply for a batsman trying to regain his/her ground to avoid being stumped.
5. Helmet bounce: Unlike before, the batsmen can still be out caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.