ICC rule changes September 30, 2008

ICC allows batting team to choose one Powerplay

Cricinfo staff

The batting team will now be able to take one five-over Powerplay whenever they wish © Getty Images

The batting team will decide when to introduce either the second or the third Powerplay during their innings, starting with the one-day series between New Zealand and Bangladesh in October. The change from the earlier scenario, in which the fielding side decided when Powerplays would be taken, is part of the ICC's new playing conditions which takes effect from October 1.

The ICC Chief Executives' Committee had met in June and unanimously approved certain changes. The amendment to the Powerplay rule also allows the captain three fielders outside the 30-yard circle during the second and third Powerplay. The previous rule allowed the captain to have two fielders in the outfield during the first Powerplay, and three in the others.

The committee also aimed to curb players from taking comfort breaks during a match by stating that substitute fielders will be only permitted in cases of injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons, which should be limited to extreme circumstances.

The ICC also decided to retain the free-hit rule as well as the mandatory changing of the ball at the start of the 35th over of an innings.

The interval rule, implemented in June, which allowed the umpires to reduce the length of time between innings in an ODI, if the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted, was also retained.

"In the event of time being lost [playing time lost less any extra time provided] up to and including 60 minutes in aggregate, the length of the interval shall be reduced from 45 to 30 minutes. In the event of more than 60 minutes being lost in aggregate, the duration of the interval shall be agreed mutually by the umpires and both captains subject to no interval being of more than 30 minutes' duration or less than 10 minutes' duration. In the event of disagreement, the length of the interval shall be determined by the match referee."

Umpires can now consult the third umpire on whether or not a catch was taken cleanly. "Following such consultation, the final decision will be made and given by the bowler's-end umpire. Should the bowler's-end umpire still not be able to decide, a not-out decision shall be given."

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  • Ravi Mohan on October 2, 2008, 9:54 GMT

    However the powerplay rule will be a favour for the batsman to get a chance of HITTING scores. Now by giving the chance to batsman for selecting the Powerplay (5 Over), will have more favour. I would like to suggest batting team, to use in particular timing.

  • chaalbaaz on October 1, 2008, 21:33 GMT

    This rule will soon be abandoned just like that experiment of 12th man power player rule. No one seems to remember that now and that is good for the game.

  • Aditya on October 1, 2008, 4:55 GMT

    Why not the batting team deciding how many fielders should be inside the field? Sooner or later, we'll end up with teams playing only with 11 pure batsmen. Then ICC will decide that bowling machines can be used for bowling.

  • Rajendra on October 1, 2008, 3:01 GMT

    Guys,Guys...I am in Australia now & have been watching domestic ODIs where this same rule of batting team to choose the powerplay overs, and you will be surprise to know that bowling team has more chance to take wickets in these overs and win the game !! This is good challanging task to both sides. For batting side as when exactly to choose these overs, and what runrat to achieve or chase, without loosing many wickets, for bowling side it is obviously to keep their main bowlers for this spale as well as strategy to apply for fielding placement and bowling chnages. whenever i have watched domestic matches here, batting side lost too many wickets during powerplay which they only had chosan!!

  • Rimtu on October 1, 2008, 0:30 GMT

    Whoa, I am surprised at the other posts all showing disapproval towards this amendment. I happen to agree with it wholeheartedly. It never made much sense to me why the bowling side got to choose the powerplay. ICC's attempt at explaining it also did not help. I think the bowling side never gained a significant advantage by deciding the powerplay. They tended to take them all at one go in the beginning or if they wanted to introduce spin early, then hold off until pacers are ready for another go. But even that was proven to not give the bowling side much advantage as often there are batters who'd whole out attempting to clear the ropes and there are those batters who'd never think of such shots. I think ICC just got into form and made two good decisions. One's this and the other related to the interval. Although just a start, I'm impressed. I hope they continue making such good decisions. Cheers.

  • Madan on September 30, 2008, 20:39 GMT

    Why do I have the feeling that if I stop watching the game for an year, the rules would be so different that I might not follow the game at all?

  • Prabhuram on September 30, 2008, 20:12 GMT

    What the hell kind of rule is this about "Consulting the third umpire"? If the on-field umpire unsure about a decision, let him call the third umpire to make the decision. Why does he have to tell it back to on-field umpire and he then has to decide? The recent test-series between India and Sri lanka also had these kind of set-ups, where the umpires has to "apologize" kind-of sign when the decision is "advised" to be over-turned, Why can't we just let the third umpire make that decision when referred? Also, this powerplay option for batting team gives too much freedom to batting team to a already batsman-friendly game.

  • Ash on September 30, 2008, 19:28 GMT

    That's ridiculous rule. Batting teams will try to take 3rd powerplay in last 5 overs. Imagine team have to make 15 runs in last over and bowling field can't place fielder at the boundary.

    What will happen if the bowling side didn't take the 2nd power play until 40-45 overs. Then batting side don't have option but to take the last powerplay in the last 5 overs only.

    This is ridiculous rule.

  • Mubashir on September 30, 2008, 18:49 GMT

    i think icc is making odi only batsman game.. icc should make sure and advice all the boards that all cricket grounds boundary must be of 85 meter or 90 meter so that batsman has to show his capability to achieve big scores

  • Emad on September 30, 2008, 17:48 GMT

    how about hitting the bowler's head is 10 runs for the batting side? and there should be no such thing as lbw and bowled, how about that???

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