The game of cricket has gone through massive change in the last 10 years. Since the arrival of T20 cricket, the game has evolved almost every year and many new rules have been introduced. And here is another time for change. The new set of rules pertaining to the code of conduct, DRS usage, and size of the equipment were supposed to be implemented from 1 October but with the twin Test series starting on 28 September, it has been decided that it will come to effect from that very date.
Virat Kohli and his team will play as per new rules when New Zealand tour India in mid-October. However, the rules will take effect when Bangladesh take on South Africa and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka.
Here is all you cricket fans need to know about it-
1) Decision Review System
ODIs: As per the existing rules, if a decision is referred and the replay shows ‘umpire’s call’ then the team that had asked for the reviews loses 1 review. But, according to the new rules proposed by ICC, the team will not lose the review on umpire’s call.
Tests: In Test cricket, according to the new rules, review will not be reloaded after 80 overs. This means, a team will have only 2 reviews per innings, irrespective of the numbers of overs bowled.
T20Is: DRS will now be used in T2OIs as well.
2) Bat Sizes
These days, we see batsmen using massive willows. The likes of David Warner, MS Dhoni and Chris Gayle use very big bats and this is one of the reasons why they smash huge sixes. As per the new rules, the standard sizes of the bats has been decreased and now they will be limited to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
3) New Run-Out Rule
The new run-out rule introduced by ICC is a big relief for batsmen. So many times we have seen batsmen getting out even after reaching the crease because their bat popped up in the air after hitting the turf. Now, according to the new rule, batsmen will not be deemed out if the bat is in the air after crossing the crease. The batsman is currently ruled out if the bat is not grounded, when the stumps are broken.
4) Red Card
The ICC has also empowered umpires to send off players for misconduct, including violence. All other offences would continue to be dealt under the ICC Code of Conduct.
So, what do you think? Do these changes make a huge difference in the game?