ICC news October 29, 2012

Amended playing conditions to take effect

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The changes to the playing conditions for different formats of cricket, which include amendments to Powerplays, DRS, no-balls and bouncers among others, will take effect from October 30, when Sri Lanka play New Zealand in a Twenty20 international in Pallekele.

These recommendations were made by the ICC's Cricket Committee in June, and they were endorsed by its Chief Executives Committee later that month.

General changes

DRS (Test and ODIs)
An amendment has been made to the LBW protocols. The margin of uncertainty applicable to the point of impact with the pad has been increased so that it is the same as provided for determining the projected point of impact with the stumps. For example, if the centre of the ball is shown to be impacting in line within an area demarcated by a line drawn down the middle of the outer stumps (and the bottom of the bails), then the decision will always be out.

If the whole of the ball is shown to be impacting outside the line of the stumps, then the decision will always be not out. If there is anything in between, the original on-field decision will stand.

No-balls (All formats)
After every dismissal that is not permitted off a no-ball, and subject to the availability of technology, the third umpire will check for a foot fault and advise the on-field umpire accordingly over a two-way radio.

Dead ball (All formats)
The playing conditions have been altered to include the use of the Spydercam, a camera that moves over the field on suspended cables, by broadcasters. If the ball, while in play, is hit by the batsman onto the camera or its cables, it will be called a dead ball.

Over-rates (All formats)
The allowances given to the fielding team because of time wasting by the batting team will be deducted from the allowances granted to the batting team in the determination of its over-rate.

Changes for Test matches

Day-night Tests
Participating countries can decide whether to play a day-night Test. The two boards will decide on the hours of play - six hours per day - and on the specifics of the ball that will be used.

Intervals
Although the duration of the lunch and tea intervals remain unchanged - 40 and 20 minutes respectively - the host team, with the consent of the other side, can apply to the ICC for an approval for intervals of 30 minutes each.

Changes for ODIs

Powerplays and fielding restrictions
There will be only two blocks of Powerplay overs, instead of three. For uninterrupted innings, the first block will be during the first ten overs and only two fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle. The second block, comprising five overs, will be taken by the batting side and must be completed by the 40th over. Only three fielders will be allowed outside the circle during the second Powerplay.

During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five.

Short-pitched deliveries
Law 42.6 (a) has been amended to allow the bowler a maximum of two short-pitched deliveries per over in an ODI.

Changes for Twenty20 internationals

One-over per side eliminator
In both innings of the eliminator, the fielding side will choose which end to bowl from. Only nominated players in the main match may participate in the eliminator. Should any player be unable to continue to participate in the eliminator due to injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons, the relevant laws and playing conditions as they apply in the main match shall also apply in the eliminator. Any penance time being served in the main match shall be carried forward to the eliminator.

The fielding captain or his nominee shall select the ball with which he wishes to bowl his over in the eliminator from the box of spare balls provided by the umpires. The box will contain the balls used in the main match, but no new balls. The team fielding first in the eliminator shall have first choice of ball. The team fielding second may choose to use the same ball as chosen by the team bowling first. If the ball needs to be changed, then playing conditions as stated for the main match shall apply.

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  • GlobalCricketLover on October 31, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    For T20s, instead of simply going for a super over they should see who lost fewer wickets and declare them winners. Go to super over only if the wkt count is same. By this condition, i am sure the number of super over lotteries will be drastically reduced. It will also make teams to value their wickets more.

  • on October 30, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    The ball after a noball should be a free hit even in tests. Wide balls should also be calculated liberally in tests, if the umpire thinks that the bowler is deliberately bowling wide.

  • on October 30, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Well, atleast in the last 5 overs, 5 players should be allowed outside the circle. Now, with two bouncers per over allowed, it is high time that all batsmen (including tail-enders) learn how to play the hook/pull shot to combat such techniques.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 30, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Time has come for ICC to take the BUllY by the horns and perform the duty as chief administrators of the game as regards the DRS - Make it compulsory across the board in both the applicable formats-Tests and ODIs-for all series under the ICC radar for 'all' teams . No special privileges in matters related to the overall good of the world game be made for any 'one'- no matter how rich and powerful or own high profile cash-cow 'premier' T20 leagues. C'mon ICC, stand up n show your worth.

  • RoshanDgreat on October 30, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @jaggu73... really awesome comment. One thing to watch out is Day-Night test matches. Let's see how this experiment will go.

  • davidatlas999 on October 30, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Oh dear what will do pak now.with 4 spin bowler pak are gone now.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on October 30, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think they should do away with the Eliminator in the T20s especially in the bilateral series or non-knockout matches in the T20 tournaments as it doesn't make any sense to make a side winner just for the sake of it. The ICC is taking away the beauty of a tie game by forcefully deciding a winner. Or if the ICC is looking at the extra commercials and, thus, extra income, then that's a different matter altogether.

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Another rule change they should have had:

    When D/L rules are applied in a LO game - 50 or 20 overs - they should limit the total number of batsmen in proportion to the overs allowed. This is already done in the case of the super over when only 3 batsmen can bat. The number of overs a bowler can bowl is of course, automatically adjusted.

  • cricket.lover.at.his.best on October 30, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    4 fielders outside the circle is going to be a poor rule... It is definitely going to affect the cricket...

  • PACERONE on October 30, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    SC13159 you are correct.Why are they ignoring this problem.The batting side has been on the wrong side with the dead ball call,so they figure that England gains from this.If Finn has to change his action he might go for 8 per over.

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 31, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    For T20s, instead of simply going for a super over they should see who lost fewer wickets and declare them winners. Go to super over only if the wkt count is same. By this condition, i am sure the number of super over lotteries will be drastically reduced. It will also make teams to value their wickets more.

  • on October 30, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    The ball after a noball should be a free hit even in tests. Wide balls should also be calculated liberally in tests, if the umpire thinks that the bowler is deliberately bowling wide.

  • on October 30, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Well, atleast in the last 5 overs, 5 players should be allowed outside the circle. Now, with two bouncers per over allowed, it is high time that all batsmen (including tail-enders) learn how to play the hook/pull shot to combat such techniques.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 30, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Time has come for ICC to take the BUllY by the horns and perform the duty as chief administrators of the game as regards the DRS - Make it compulsory across the board in both the applicable formats-Tests and ODIs-for all series under the ICC radar for 'all' teams . No special privileges in matters related to the overall good of the world game be made for any 'one'- no matter how rich and powerful or own high profile cash-cow 'premier' T20 leagues. C'mon ICC, stand up n show your worth.

  • RoshanDgreat on October 30, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @jaggu73... really awesome comment. One thing to watch out is Day-Night test matches. Let's see how this experiment will go.

  • davidatlas999 on October 30, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Oh dear what will do pak now.with 4 spin bowler pak are gone now.

  • Vivek.Bhandari on October 30, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think they should do away with the Eliminator in the T20s especially in the bilateral series or non-knockout matches in the T20 tournaments as it doesn't make any sense to make a side winner just for the sake of it. The ICC is taking away the beauty of a tie game by forcefully deciding a winner. Or if the ICC is looking at the extra commercials and, thus, extra income, then that's a different matter altogether.

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Another rule change they should have had:

    When D/L rules are applied in a LO game - 50 or 20 overs - they should limit the total number of batsmen in proportion to the overs allowed. This is already done in the case of the super over when only 3 batsmen can bat. The number of overs a bowler can bowl is of course, automatically adjusted.

  • cricket.lover.at.his.best on October 30, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    4 fielders outside the circle is going to be a poor rule... It is definitely going to affect the cricket...

  • PACERONE on October 30, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    SC13159 you are correct.Why are they ignoring this problem.The batting side has been on the wrong side with the dead ball call,so they figure that England gains from this.If Finn has to change his action he might go for 8 per over.

  • KK_Cricket on October 30, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Whats going on with the ICC? only 4 fielders outside the circle for ODIs during non PP overs? This will make this batsmen's game further.. Whats the point of allowing 2 bouncers then? There wont be anyone to catch the ball of edges and mis hits? Quite lame and bizzare... this rule has to be revoked.. otherwise, this will lead to demise of ODIs which are already in danger

  • Anwar.ul.Haq.Sandhu on October 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    field restriction change is ridiculous.... rest are fine.... they must rethink and bring balance between bat and ball.... 2 bouncers only favors quickies.... but with field restrictions what about spinners.....

  • KnightOfCricket on October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    ICC will surely come with an rule that all players inside the circle for 2 overs......mega powerplay ............... are 2 bouncers allowed for spiners too.......afridi you listening ?

  • ladycricfan on October 30, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    So many rule changes. But they are ignoring the bowler hitting the nonstrikers stumps. It is wrong and should be called "NO BALL". Even Boycott's mum knows it's wrong.

  • Min2_cric on October 30, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    yeah gud rules...we dont u just make a rule that bowlers cant bowl more than 140kmph and cant swing the bowl rather than limiting no. of fielders outside 30 yard circle.

  • sampad on October 30, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    12 over quota for two bowlers in ODI can be introduced. It shall reduce number of ordinary overs in the match. Encourage specialization. just adding, i am a fan of Ganguly for his attitude, but must say, he took huge advantage of the no-bouncer rule in ODI. Had the rules were not in force with his style of batting was a real suspect. But, yes, probably he could have adapt with it. Nick Knight, another name goes in same bracket. there are more....

  • on October 30, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Limiting Outside Ring Fielders to only 4 means they want to punish those countries which have their power in spin bowlers. e.g Pakistan.

  • on October 30, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @Jaggu73: Hahaha! Well said bro. Real solution to save the test cricket is to say good bye to ODIs. 3 Tests and 5 T20s for every sereis and all the series. Otherwise guys! Lets say good bye to ICC and well come WCC(World Cricket Council) for betterness of game.

  • on October 30, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    My god!!! The rules are changed and so is balance between bat and ball :|

  • on October 30, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    With not more than 4 fielders outside the 30 yard circle for 50 overs. it will be tough for the fielding team to place the field. they have to keep third man n fine leg inside the circle, if they want to have long on, long off, deep mid wicket n deep cover. it will also be difficult to get the ones n twos because of more fielders inside the circle, which can break the batting team momentum as it is usually happened in the Batting Power play.

  • sanghvir on October 30, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Its high time we started following some sport other than cricket.

  • on October 30, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    No matter how many modifications the ICC makes to the short format games, eventually they all become predictable. THE FIELD RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE TOTALLY SCRAPPED. Yes, the two bouncers per over is welcome - and please don't re-invent the law by stating whether they can be bowled in succession or not !

  • pargat89 on October 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @ jaggu73 hahaha.... lolz... Awesome comment bro.... :) Cricket is not a sport any more. Rules are favouring only batsmen. Soon we will see teams with 11 batsmen. No one will want to become a bowler. One day they will come up with a rule that 2 batmen and only bowler is allowed on the field at a time. No fielders needed....

  • Anwar-Lara on October 30, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I think the world of cricket has seen the last lot of good spinners in limited overs cricket... Good bye spin bowling..

  • CricKraz on October 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    The change in the number of fielders during non power play overs will definitely impact subcontinental teams that depend on spin to contain/attack the opposition. Teams like SA, NZ & Eng will benefit. Like the 2 bouncer rule though.

  • cooldxve on October 30, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    One day ICC will make a rule that the batsman will choose which bowler will bowl.

  • anshu.s on October 30, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Why dosen't the ICC allow subsitutes to take part like in other sports such as football,rugby,Hockey,basketball,volleyball instead of making cosmetic changes like powerplays. In the warm up matches teams are allowed to play wih 13 players but only 11 at a field, this way a team can have specialist batter till no.8 and six reular bowlers and all this part time bowlers problem will vanish, two subsitutes is it too radical, i don't think so.....................

  • Dreamscrapper on October 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    With only 4 fielders outside the circle, soon the record of 500 runs in 50 overs will be achieved. The new rule of only 4 fielders in ODIs makes cricket a game for the batsmen only.

  • Arrow011 on October 30, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Scrap all field restrictions, what is the sense in having them? There should be level playing field between bowlers & batsmen. 2 bouncers per over is okay, but field restrictions in ODI or 20-20 is really a waste. If people know the records, Desmond Hynes who scored 17 ODI 100s (all of them in an era without any field restrictions) then ICC realised apart from Hynes & Greenidge no other opener were capable enough to score 100s as openers in ODI so they altered it with 15 opening overs restrictions, after that openers became very successful like Shrikanth, Sachin, Greatbatch, Jayasuriya, Gilschrist, Afridi & Trescothick.

    Due to these restrictions, good middle order batsmen in tests opt for opening in ODI & T20 which is nothing but false ability to open the innings. Even Sachin Tendulkar would not have scored 49 ODI 100s, nor would a batsman like Mark Waugh or Gilchrist. Opener's role is sacred, due to these restrictions everybody wants to open & improve their averages.

  • jaggu73 on October 30, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    "If the ball, while in play, is hit by the batsman onto the camera or its cables, it will be called a dead ball." - And if the ball is hit by the batsman onto the camera man or his temple, it will be called a "dead man" and a case registered against the bowler for feeding loose balls to the batsmen!! They are kiiling this game. It is not "cricket" anymore!!

  • Karnain on October 30, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Is short-pitched deliveries = Bouncers?

  • remnant on October 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Since Sachin is now retiring, this move will only have an impact in bolstering his already unattainable records. Before him, there were only 15 over powerplays and similar bouncer rules, and now once he leaves, we will have similar urles agian!

  • Gurram on October 30, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    next year changes.....preview: a) maximum two fielders outside the circle during non-powerplay b) no fielders outside circle during powerplay. c) and some other pathetic change... instead we should have.... a) technology to check if the fielder touched the rope or not while saving a boundary, instead of wasting 2-4 mins in 3rd umpire room b) if ball hits helmet..5 runs, if ball hits spider cam..dead ball? it should be a sixer. and many more good rules to be put in place...not rubbish.

  • MegaSix on October 30, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    There should be a rule for not to change rules so frequently!

  • nazmulrana on October 30, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    two bouncers system is made in favour of nonasian teams. because asian batsmen are weak in bouncers and the bowlers are not well skilled in bouncers.

  • on October 30, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    During Non-Powerplay overs, 4- fielders outside the circle is only in ODIs...? Not in Twenty-20...? There is no info abt that in this article...

  • Mohsin_Ali_Khan on October 30, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Absolutely no need to put field restrictions like only 4 players outside the circle in the non-power play overs. It should be totally up to the fielding side, where to place the field in the non-power plays.

  • Ayush_Chauhan on October 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Except for the 2 bouncer rule, I really don't like any other changes, especially reducing the number of fielders in non power-play overs. I am not exactly a fan of 3rd umpire intervening too much. Human error and judgement is as much a part of sport lore as anything else. Even other sports like football and tennis revert to technology in the most desperate of cases. But then I am just old fashioned. Instead of making the game as automated as possible, they should try to make it as balanced as possible..

  • slanka_xpress on October 30, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    4 Fielders .... its already a batsman's game.its unfair for the bowlers then

  • on October 30, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    enough of tampering the rules .. It's high time ICC realizes that.

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Why there is a need to limit bouncers when there is no limit for a batsman to hit sixers??!!!

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    ICC should make a rule to play on pitches which has spin,bounce and runs,,, or else all we see is 1200 run test matches and no 10 come and hit century,,,,,

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    haha...4 fielders outside the ring...What will happen to the goddamn bowlers..Lol seems a bit too harsh on them !!

  • on October 30, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Why ICC need to change rules every year, I am still very much happy with the rules of 1996, the biggest religion in the world FOOTBALL never changes the rules and that is the most exciting game in world. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY ICC make the changes every year.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 30, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    What an absolute nonsense!!ICC why you are changing rules every week of the month!!how non sense was that 4 fielder outside the circle rule!!why always punishing the bowlers especially spinners? pathetic rule to say the least..

  • tisra on October 30, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    "Dead ball (All formats) ~ The playing conditions have been altered to include the use of the Spydercam, a camera that moves over the field on suspended cables, by broadcasters. If the ball, while in play, is hit by the batsman onto the camera or its cables, it will be called a dead ball." --- So a legitimate ball can be suspended, but not a commercial camera!

  • satish619chandar on October 30, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    The fast bowlers get extra security with tw o bouncers and the spinners get a blow with one fielder less in the outer ring. Where does the balance lie?

  • on October 30, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @David44...why starc and Cummins can bowl 6 bouncer in a over... i think you havnot watch cricket since long time :)

  • on October 30, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    It isnt that bad move. No doubt that the 4 fielders outside the 30 yard circle instead of 5 will hve a unique impact on the role of spinners. but i think after the arrival of t20 cricket was pretty much a batsmans game but now bowlers might have a bit of upper hand by having two short deliveres in an over.

  • athem79 on October 30, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Amendments are really interesting. . . .something in for bowlers who can bowl two bouncers. However, field restrictions reduced to four as against five would mean . . captain and bowler has to think a lot while placing fielders outside the ring.

  • Prem_s02 on October 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Instead of one bowler bowling all 6 balls in the 20-20 eliminator, there sahould be 2 bowlers bowling 3 balls each. Any team with one good bowler will easily scrap through with the current rules. Malinga or Narine are some examples.

  • on October 30, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Just when I was thinking ICC did well by cutting off one Powerplay block, offering sympathy to bowlers, there comes reduction of fielders outside the circle from 5 to 4! I mean, that means the non-powerplay overs are not too different from Powerplays! There's going to be plenty of gaps and I don't know why ICC did that! Not needed really! Can see scores of 350-400 become a regular thing now! Not good for the game.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Excelllent changes overall, well done Administrators. * DAY / NIGHT TEST MATCHES, excellent idea, a way to improve interest in the most skillful and testing format of the game. * Maximum of 4 players outside the circle is an excellent idea too, this will make ODIs far more interesting as there will be more boundries struck during the WHOLE game and not just the powerplay or first 10 overs. * Disturbing the Stumps should be an NO BALL, Finn in the last series was farcical. * DRS should be mantatory in ALL ODIs, regardless of certain Boards opinions, its time to take cricket into the 21 century.

  • sk12 on October 30, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Pretty sure the stupid rule of allowing only 4 outside the circle in non-power play overs will be reverted soon (just like the other power play rules last 5-6 years). btw, was it designed to stop the 'unconventional' bowlers Ajmal, Mendis etc from dominating??

  • on October 30, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Its still a gentlements game so Pink exclusion is good for me.

  • akshaym2 on October 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Only 4 players outside circle in ODIs will be a disaster. There will come a lot of centuries and bowlers will go for toss.

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on October 30, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    2 Bouncers rule is ok but if batsman played, will it still be called a no-ball? Checking noball after dismissal is killing below to the traditional excitement of the bowler/fielding side. Now, they will appeal and stand alone to wait for 3rd to call it fine, then they will jump and happy. Non ckt people might think that it as an oscar acting school. They r Back to 15-over power play, still in testing zone I guess. bcoz regular 15-over rule was misused by batsmen/sloggers during batsmen era (90s-mid2000s). Playing with 2 new balls is preferrable in Odi. Day/night test is excellent with different color of kits and ball i suppose. DRS and run-out decision over tv reply, are the few best rules in 100 years. Anyhow, ICC is still testing new rules, I hope some of them should become permanent for few years atleast.

  • on October 30, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Fully agree with Rameshpoplay...the whole idea of having umpires is to ensure that the correct decisions are taken. If it means that the on field umpires have to be over ruled.. well so be it...this is why the DRS was introduced in the first place I believe........{although the allowable number is debatable }.

    All that matters is that the correct decision/s are taken as far as available {constantly upgraded} technology permits....and there should be no compromise on that !

  • omairhr on October 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Amazing... everything been done to please the broadcasters!

  • bajah on October 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Only 4 fielders in the outfield during non-powerplay wow. thats like more sixes for West Indies. hahahahahahahha. Too bad for those countries that can't hit sixes. Well it will make it even more difficult for those who rely on rotating the strike often to put a good score.

  • on October 30, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    about the over-rate change, if a team batting second waste the time.. how the allowances are deducted from the batting team? I dont understand why the ICC keep on changing the power play rule. Now the bowling power play not there..

  • Udendra on October 30, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    what about a bowler disturbing the stumps (at non-strikers) repeatedly?? No laws for that?

  • on October 30, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    I think Power Play rule is now better.

    But, 2 bouncers ! I can't understand. It will cause injuries.

    Dead ball (All formats) what is for Steven Finn .

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on October 30, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Finally something for the bowlers too.Too much overdose of T20's,ODI's has turned each and every bowler pedestrian.Even a tail ender can plant his front foot down the pitch and slog the ball across the line and with the smaller boundaries even a mishit goes for six.There is no balance between the ball and the bat.With the introduction of 2 newer balls,even reverse swing has gone out of the equation.Allowing 2 bouncers per over is really a welcome idea.They should also revert to the old back foot no ball rule or make tampering legal if they want to maintain some sanctity.Else the present day batsman will stack up all records and may end up with more than 100 centuries in every format.

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on October 30, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Finally something for the bowlers too.Too much overdose of T20's,ODI's has turned each and every bowler pedestrian.Even a tail ender can plant his front foot down the pitch and slog the ball across the line and with the smaller boundaries even a mishit goes for six.There is no balance between the ball and the bat.With the introduction of 2 newer balls,even reverse swing has gone out of the equation.Allowing 2 bouncers per over is really a welcome idea.They should also revert to the old back foot no ball rule or make tampering legal if they want to maintain some sanctity.Else the present day batsman will stack up all records and may end up with more than 100 centuries in every format.

  • rameshpoplay on October 30, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    So finally ICC has woken up to the reality that the 3rd umpire can play more active part rather than sleep till the on field umpire wakes him up!!! They have now allowed the 3rd umpire to intervene if the delivery was a no-ball and the batsman was given out. Why not give them more responsibility, e.g. reversing the decision if the on field umpire declares a batsman out LBW although he snicked the ball. Why wait for DRS and a meager 2 allowable appeals by the players. Also if a batsman snicks the ball and is given not out or does not snick the ball and is given out, I feel the 3rd umpire should intervene immediately rather than being asked to intervene. The game has so far been played on Victorian edict, i.e. do not intervene unless asked for...what humbug. When technology and 3rd umpire are available then why allow any mistakes to creep into play.

  • on October 30, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    with only 4 fielders outside the circle,50 overs cricket is gonna be verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.NOT A DULL MOMENT.

  • on October 30, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Honestly.. what happened to the good old 15 overs. that was some entertainment.. 15 overs of some hard hitting an then 20 25 overs of okay batting and then a 10 over blitz. that was exciting! ICC makes changes every October. Def enjoy the 2 bouncers rule, I still think they should make way for a doube play in limited overs cricket.. Try t20, that might make it more exciting.. Catach a player out, and if the other is out of the crease run him out! BAM game flipped over its on head!

  • i.Peiris on October 30, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    how about using a pink ball for all formats...?

  • david44 on October 30, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    hahaha laughable so now we have 2 bouncers excuse me ICC who will bowel 2 bouncers in an over now???hopefully shoib akhtar, brat lee mohummad aamir be comming back when on earth ICC will have new people on the helm

  • on October 30, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    I think the people who make the POWER PLAY rules are DUMB. Why keep on changing these rules every now and then. Why not select a specific rule and stick to it and why experience with them at this level.

    Around 1992 the power play rule was made and during the last 5 years they have changed it so many times ! making a mockery of CRICKET !

  • Meety on October 30, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Love the over rates change! It should make certain batsmen be sure they are ready for the bowler.

  • InnocentGuy on October 30, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    It appears that every rule favoring the bowler is accompanies by 2 that favors the batsmen. Why did they have to reduce the number of permissible out-fielders from 5 to 4 during non-powerplay overs?

  • on October 30, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    So,I have a question.Will it still be called a "dead ball" if the bowler disturbs the stumps with his leg or hand while bowling? If the answer is in the affirmative...oh! no.I have had enough of it in that ENG vs NZ match. Disgusting!

  • Chetan007 on October 30, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    i didn't like the amendment in t20 rules. It will benefit the first fielding side.

  • satish619chandar on October 30, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Rather than looking to make new changes, ICC should look into concerns in current rule. They made a rule - No runner for batsman. To prevent faking of injury and gain advantage. But why allow sub fielders? Make ODI cricket 12 a team with 11 bat and 11 field. And, remove the substitute concept itself. If someone is not well, use the 12th man. If another one goes down, play with 10. Some more things to look in is, Finn's dead ball like stuffs, Is Mankading against spirit of the game and does it require a warning? How about free hit for a beamer? Should extra run penalty be there for no ball while we get a penalty in the form of free hit? Allow 12 overs for two bowlers to avoid reliance on part timers. Felt these changes will make ODI cricket a bit better than what it is now.

  • SUMUDUPL on October 30, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    "During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five." This compensates well with allowing the bowler a maximum of two short-pitched deliveries per over in an ODI. and WHY NOT allowing one delivery down the LEG (with in lines) as well per over ? both these put batsman guessing each delivery he faces and might find it difficult to dominate.

  • satish619chandar on October 30, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Everything is fine except for one biggest blemish. 4 fielders outside circle during non powerplay is going to make it a batting fest again. In conditions which aid bowling a bit, it will be perfect as it wouldn't allow the batsman to get easy singles but in flat tracks, it will be like feeding batsmen extra plates. They are going to enjoy with mishits and unconventional shots. It is the only unnecessary change. Apart from that, other changes look fine.

  • eyballfallenout on October 30, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    i would put the rules back to the way they used to be, no power playes, 2 out first 15 overs, but i would allow 4 bowlers to complete the 50 overs. max 15 overs for a bowler. Then the middle overs that everyone thinks are boring would allow your best bowlers to be bowling.

  • on October 30, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Theoretically speaking, there is a possibility of scoring a minimum of 1800 runs in a 50 over ODI. If we roughly take 250 as an average score in ODI, the it is only 14% percentage of runs scored. So cricket is always a bowlers game. It is just a perception that we look at bowlers :-)

  • on October 30, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Good for the bouncer, I agree with Dashgar though about the no ball

  • on October 30, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Two Bouncers good for Bowlers

  • hoodbu on October 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Need to make it a no-ball whenever the bowler dislodges the bails while delivering the ball. That ought to teach Finn a lesson!

  • on October 30, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    only change that makes sense is 2 Bouncers per over and over-rate thingy. Powerplay rule is just weird. night tests are going to be boring. SCRAP T20, ITS POINTLESS AND WASTE OF TIME

  • splites on October 30, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Red, white and possibly pink balls now? Fair enough! Good for quick bowlers too with the extra bouncer allowed in ODI's. Hopefully they learn to use it to dismiss and not merely intimidate the batsman. Change is good, if it's for the better!

  • on October 30, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    there shouldnt be any changes in powerplay and fielding restrictions.

  • saijayanth89 on October 29, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    With respect to the Powerplay changes in the ODIs, we have effectively three of them now...First with two fielders inside,for 10 overs; Second with three fielders inside, for five overs and Third with four fielders inside for 35 overs. So, we have Power packed ODIs moving forward- with lots of runs for batsmen and graves for the bowlers.

  • on October 29, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    changes, changes and changes,.. when would ICC stop making changes in the ODIs.... every time i start watching cricket match i'm confused with the rules... i think the rule of powerplays should be abolished... The one we had for a number of years in which the fielding side can have two fielders outside the circle for the first 15 overs was THE BEST, EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND LOVELY TO WATCH....

  • xylo on October 29, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    "During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five." - this is going to encourage a lot of mishits.

  • Dashgar on October 29, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    I worry with the no ball rule that umpires will stop looking for no balls, meaning a bowler may end up bowling a number of no balls but won't realise until he gets a wicket. No ball rules should be the same for every ball, whether a wicket falls or not. It's not like bowlers get a huge advantage if their foot is 2 cms over the line.

  • on October 29, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Going to be tough challenge for Bowlers and Captains with only 4 fieldsers allowed during Non-powerplays overs.. May be on the flips side it gives bowlers chance to attack more often with 5 inside the circle.

  • slakkoju on October 29, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    I feel ODI are loosing its popularity, because of the frequent changes in the laws, more batsman friendly (like 4 players outside 30 yards in non power play overs), instead of trying to make more interesting ICC is trying more experiments and also loosing its integrity. hope next generation cricketers and fans won't think the greatest achievements of Sachin are not because of the batting friendly rules and laws.

  • C.Dila on October 29, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    " non-Power play overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle"after this rule what will happen to spinners.spin bowling will become dying art.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 29, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    2 BOUNCERS ABOUT TIME THIS HAS BEEN CHANGED 1 AN OVER WAS A JOKE PERSONALLY I'D ALLOW AT LEAST 3 MOST RULES AS WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY ARE ALL BIASED TOWARDS BATSMAN

  • Buckers410 on October 29, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    very good changes but i still reckon they should change ODI's to 40 overs per side. 50 is just wasting peoples time.

  • on October 29, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    i AM SORRY AND i AM (KNOW OTHERS ARE) DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY HAVE NOT ADDRESS THE SITUATION WHERE A BOLWER HITS THE STUMPS IN HIS DELIVERY. WHY NOT AND WE KNOW ALL KNOW WHAT I AM POINTING OUT?

  • CaptainKool on October 29, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Four players outside the circle in non-power play overs is ridiculous. May be they changed this rule so we stop complaining about banning 50 over format? lol..Although i like the day and night tests idea..

  • on October 29, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    pakistani spinners might enjoy new DRS rules .....

  • yorkshirematt on October 29, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Should have made DRS mandatory. just in time for IND v ENG

  • eddsnake on October 29, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Like the sound of 2 bouncers an over and less power plays, definitely good for bowlers. Not sure about min 5 fielders in the circle, probably a good thing as there'll be more boundaries and less 'stick the sweepers out and let the batsmen milk singles' from the 15th to 40th over.

    DRA changes need explaining, will it mean fewer lbws where the ball is only hitting the edge of the stumps? If so then bravo, the batsmen need more 'benefit of the doubt'.

  • on October 29, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Just like the no ball, third umpire should check every not out & out given by the field umpire & should correct it if its wrong. It may take some time but we will get the right outs & not outs. And that is the whole point. We all want the right decisions. Otherwise every one can see the quality of the decisions being made currently. A young player's whole career is on the line & is ruined sometimes just by a wrong decision of an umpire. Even the results of the matches too, a lot these days.

  • PPD123 on October 29, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    These rule changes will have an impact on teams which have weakened bowling resources. You cannot afford to spread the field at any point in time. I think teams like Aus and SAF will enjoy thin rule change for 2 reasons - 2 bouncers per over and the fact that they have more than decent bowlers to have 5 men in the circle at all time. I see India struggling quite a bit, especially in Aus conditions where the boundaries are huge and you have to pierce the in field to get runs. Interesting changes though. Teams which adapt the best will obviously be able to make the most and win a lot of matches...

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Unbelievable changes. All geared toward providing the batsmen maximum advantage be it in the field restrictions or no balls. I mean 2 fielders outside the circle during first power play? Bowlers will get hammered since reverse swing is already being neutralized after allowing 2 new balls.

  • on October 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    this 4 players outside the circle in non-powerpolay overs is STUPID!!!

  • Anil_m on October 29, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    too much tweaking going on with ODIs....don't like the new 4 fielder rule

  • on October 29, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    If they want entrtainment in cricket they have T20s. Why they want only 4 fielders outside the circle in ODIs. Will this bring more entertainment in ODIs...???NO. We have T20 for entertainment like that. Experiment these types of rules in T20s.it will benefit for the T20 games. do not try to changes which will try to change the pace of game. Each game is popular for its own pace..

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Better they will allow only 6 players per team during fielding so only four players who can cover boundary line..

  • sujanm on October 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Out of all changes most important one is "During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five." This will change the complexion of the game up side down.

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    All changes seem to be on right direction.

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five. VS Law 42.6 (a) has been amended to allow the bowler a maximum of two short-pitched deliveries per over in an ODI.

    An attempt for a balanced contest between bat and ball. Lets see how it pans out. Spinners will get effected though.

  • on October 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    day and night tests.. yay!!

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  • on October 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    day and night tests.. yay!!

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five. VS Law 42.6 (a) has been amended to allow the bowler a maximum of two short-pitched deliveries per over in an ODI.

    An attempt for a balanced contest between bat and ball. Lets see how it pans out. Spinners will get effected though.

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    All changes seem to be on right direction.

  • sujanm on October 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Out of all changes most important one is "During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five." This will change the complexion of the game up side down.

  • on October 29, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Better they will allow only 6 players per team during fielding so only four players who can cover boundary line..

  • on October 29, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    If they want entrtainment in cricket they have T20s. Why they want only 4 fielders outside the circle in ODIs. Will this bring more entertainment in ODIs...???NO. We have T20 for entertainment like that. Experiment these types of rules in T20s.it will benefit for the T20 games. do not try to changes which will try to change the pace of game. Each game is popular for its own pace..

  • Anil_m on October 29, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    too much tweaking going on with ODIs....don't like the new 4 fielder rule

  • on October 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    this 4 players outside the circle in non-powerpolay overs is STUPID!!!

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Unbelievable changes. All geared toward providing the batsmen maximum advantage be it in the field restrictions or no balls. I mean 2 fielders outside the circle during first power play? Bowlers will get hammered since reverse swing is already being neutralized after allowing 2 new balls.

  • PPD123 on October 29, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    These rule changes will have an impact on teams which have weakened bowling resources. You cannot afford to spread the field at any point in time. I think teams like Aus and SAF will enjoy thin rule change for 2 reasons - 2 bouncers per over and the fact that they have more than decent bowlers to have 5 men in the circle at all time. I see India struggling quite a bit, especially in Aus conditions where the boundaries are huge and you have to pierce the in field to get runs. Interesting changes though. Teams which adapt the best will obviously be able to make the most and win a lot of matches...