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Cricket has never stopped evolving: from round-arm bowling becoming the standard, to the 15-degree rule for arm flexion while bowling. From the number of balls per over to the specifications of equipment - ranging from glove-webbing to bat handles - almost every aspect of the game is regulated. New rules are frequently put in place - especially in the shorter forms of the game, as in the case of Powerplays, free hits, and the tweaking of field restrictions.
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Apr 2, 2014

Why do we over-react when changing cricket's rules?

Martin Crowe: Instead of helping umpires react instinctively to situations, we have burdened them with misleading technology that has turned them into second-class citizens

Martin Crowe

Mar 27, 2014

The white-line crime

The Cordon: Officials spend precious time scrutinising bowlers' foot faults but ignore it when non-strikers gain unfair head starts

Michael Jeh

Dec 26, 2013

Video New ODI rules: Are they hurting the game?

Review 2013: Sanjay Manjrekar, Mark Butcher, Sharda Ugra, Jarrod Kimber, David Hopps and Sambit Bal talk about why two new balls are a good idea

Oct 23, 2013

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

The Cordon: If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields

V Ramnarayan

Sep 14, 2013

Let the umpire call it

The Cordon: These days being consistent is valued more than making the right decision. It's time we backed umpires to use their discretion when it comes to issues like bad light

Sahil Dutta

Feb 25, 2012

Mankading is no grey area

The Cordon: Cricket needs to find a way to eliminate these anomalies because it is a game decided by the smallest of margins

Michael Jeh

Feb 7, 2012

Someone, please explain the D/L method

The Cordon: I'm no mathematician. Messrs Duckworth & Lewis clearly have brains vastly superior to mine

Michael Jeh

Oct 11, 2011

'They're complicating the laws, not simplifying them'

What They Said About: The ICC's revision of the rules to do with Powerplays, new balls in ODIs, runners, and obstruction of the field take effect from today. Former and current players weigh in on the changes

Oct 10, 2011

Players prepare to grapple with new rules

News: The players in the 2011 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy will have to adjust to the ICC's new rules

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 30, 2011

Powerplay tweaks and end of runners

News: West Indies' tour of Bangladesh, which begins with a Twenty20 on October 11, will be the first international series under the ICC's revised playing conditions

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 11, 2011

ICC cricket committee calls for DRS in all Tests

News: The ICC's Cricket Committee unanimously recommended the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in all Tests among other proposals

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 15, 2010

Audio To split or not to split?

Switch Hit: Haroon Lorgat on the 40-over one-dayers' trial, why KP doesn't need a county, and Windies cricket goes full circle

Dec 16, 2009

ICC chief sees day-night Tests in two years

News: ICC president David Morgan feels the possibility is very real and close to fruition.

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 2, 2009

Richard Hadlee fears for player burn-out

News: Legendary New Zealand allrounder Richard Hadlee fears that too much cricket could shorten the careers of top-class athletes

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 4, 2009

England drop plans for day-night Test

News: The ECB's proposed plan to host the first floodlit Test next year has been ditched after two counties refused to experiment with the pink ball

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 9, 2009

Bangladesh agree to day-night Test in England

News: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to appear in the first ever day-night Test during the team's tour of England in May-June next year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 12, 2008

ECB and MCC to discuss yellow cards

News: Yellow cards could be introduced to English first-class cricket for abusing umpires or excessive sledging if trials at minor county level prove a success

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 8, 2008

MCC changes law on bat handles

News: MCC members have voted almost unanimously in favour of re-writing Law 6 to ensure handles are made primarily from wood, cane and twine

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 16, 2007

Afridi backs free-hit rule

News: Shahid Afridi has backed the new no-ball rule in ODIs, which awards a free hit to batsman after a front-foot no-ball

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 31, 2007

ICC Cricket Committee tweaks the Powerplay rule

News: Teams will be allowed an additional fielder outside the 30-yard circle during the second or third Powerplay, the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee has recommended after their two-day meeting in Dubai

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 8, 2006

ICC approves early finish to Tests

News: The ICC's chief executive committee has approved of early finishes to Test matches on the last day if there are no chances of a result

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jul 5, 2006

ICC rejects TV appeals proposal

News: The ICC board has surprisingly rejected a recommendation from its own cricket committee to trial a process of allowing players three appeals per innings to the TV umpire

ESPNcricinfo staff
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