ICC October 3, 2013

ICC's recent rule changes flawed

ESPNcricinfo staff
Aakash Chopra, writing in his website says the ICC's recent changes to playing conditions still leave a lot to be desired and fail to answer some nagging questions regarding reviews

The ICC announced a series of changes to playing conditions for international matches starting October 1, regarding DRS, rules on bad light and modifications to the number of new balls that can be used in ODIs. Aakash Chopra, writing in his website, says the changes still leave a lot to be desired and fail to answer some nagging questions regarding reviews.

The ICC has agreed to use only one new ball in case the match is reduced to 25 overs or less. Good news? Not really. It's commonsense that the match will get reduced that much only due to rain and if that's the case, the outfield is likely to remain reasonably wet for the entire duration of the game. Now, would you rather have two new balls that are likely to remain drier or only one that becomes a bar of soap after a few overs? Even spinners would happily take the new ball over a wet ball. So, the intention to help the spinner is actually going to work against them.

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