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ICC rules out changes to ODI rules before World Cup

Amol Karhadkar

March 21, 2014

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R Ashwin celebrates with MS Dhoni after dismissing Corey Anderson, New Zealand v India, 3rd ODI, Auckland, January 25, 2014
MS Dhoni questioned the ODI rule changes last year © Getty Images
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The amendments to the ODI playing conditions introduced in October 2011 will stay in place till next year's World Cup, the ICC has said. The amendments include the use of two new balls, which has been opposed by India and other south Asian countries as it affects spinners.

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has said the regulations will be reviewed after the marquee event, to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. India has been the flag-bearer of the subcontinental countries' movement against the new rules, which at times have resulted in the balance of the game tilting heavily in favour of the batsmen.

"We're not going to consider any changes prior to the World Cup," Richardson said in Dhaka on Friday. "After the World Cup the rules will be reviewed by the cricket committee again. As I said, we wanted to create a more attacking 50-over game, one that could compete on the entertainment scales with T20 cricket. It's too early to say. I think it's led to a more attacking game from a bowling and fielding perspective."

The BCCI, who had consistently raised the matter during ICC Board meetings over the last year, said they couldn't do anything till the World Cup but stuck to their stand. "There is a need to review is what India has been saying and there should be a fair contest between bat and ball which isn't the case now," a BCCI insider told ESPNcricinfo.

In fact, the BCCI's attempt to get the system overhauled was foiled in an ICC Chief Executives' meeting in September 2013. "There was a voting process and India along with Pakistan, Bangladesh voted against use of two new balls," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel had said after the meeting. "Australia, New Zealand, England and Zimbabwe were among those in favour of using two new balls while West Indies and South Africa abstained from voting. We have expressed our reservations about using of two new balls."

According to the new regulations that came in place in October 2011, two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle in the mandatory Powerplay of ten overs, and three during the batting Powerplay, which needs to be taken between the 16th and the 40th over. At other times, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five. Most importantly, two new balls are used from each end.

The use of two new balls has resulted in the spinners finding it difficult to get into the game. Besides, in subcontinental conditions, reverse swing is also almost taken out of equation, thus resulting in the totals moving upwards with every passing series. In fact, India captain MS Dhoni said during the high-scoring ODI series against Australia last year that the new rules had converted bowlers into "bowling machines".

"Yes, runs per over might have increased and bowlers, at times on flat wickets, find it very tough," Richardson said. "But essentially the best bowlers are still top of the bowling rankings and the best batsmen still top of the batting rankings.

"We just might need to change our perceptions. In the old days, if you scored a run a ball everyone said you had a tremendous strike-rate. Now they're saying you have to be 120-130. Same with the bowlers. In the old days, Fanie de Villiers got upset if he went for more than three runs per over. Now, bowlers only get upset when they go for more than six runs an over. Yes, things have changed. But I don't necessarily think for the bad."

Another BCCI functionary agreed that "too many changes just before the World Cup won't be good" but stressed that the BCCI will continue to strive for getting the balance of ODIs back in place after the World Cup.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by android_user on (March 23, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

no changes rules icc in world cup

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 22, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

The new ODI rules are just crap. I doubt , with the new rules , we can ever witness a classic like the WC 1999 semi-final. A total of 213 can hardly be defended now-a-days. About time we go back to those rules of that era where there was a balance between the bat and the ball. Will the ICC ever do anything good for the game ?

@Edd Oliver, With 4 four men outside the circle, it favors the batsmen a lot and the game's balance is lost for good. Just my view.

Posted by theboov on (March 22, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

The problem is that the white ball won't last 50 overs, and seems to have a life-span of about 35 overs. So, instead of using two new balls from each end to begin the ODI innings, I think it would be best to make a tactical change of ball. Why not have captains decide when to take a new ball, at some point between the 15th and 35th over.

That will make the ball change a tactical decision, the equivalent of the batting power play. If captains want to bowl their spinners in the middle overs, then they can take the new ball around the 35th over. Or a captain might want to attack with a new ball and bring his opening bowlers back around the 20th over, perhaps. It might even affect how the batting team treats the powerplay and break the monotony of always taking it at the 35th over.

Posted by android_user on (March 22, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

there should be no restrictions on the fielding side for non powerplay overs. reducing to 4 fielders from 5 just kills the spirit of the bowlers.

Posted by P.BIPULKUMAR on (March 22, 2014, 2:23 GMT)

There should be no flelding restriction during non-powerplay overs in ODIs .

Posted by gibbs.175 on (March 21, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

Please...., do whatever you want ,,,,but don't follow the baseball rules ....keep 50 overs cricket and test alive .......T -20 is a hitting game ....don't say this a skillfull cricket ... The real players play test cricket and shine in 50 overs cricket.......Good luck to 50 overs and test cricket.,......

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Keep the rule with only 4 men allowed outside the circle, but go back to 1 new ball per innings and push the boundaries out as far as possible. That should even things up while still allowing more boundaries to be scored. The old days of 5 men outside the circle meant that overs 16-40 were generally a snooze fest of singles and twos.

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