Cricket rules

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.

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

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Bowlers benefit from ODI rule changes

The ICC board has decided to do away with catching fielders in the first ten overs, get rid of the batting Powerplay, and allow five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last ten overs of an ODI innings

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

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ECB moots four-day Tests, 40-over World Cup

Test cricket could be reduced to four days, and the next World Cup curtailed to just 40 overs a side if wide-ranging discussions between the chairmen of the English counties and the ECB become firm proposals, and are ultimately adopted by the ICC

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

Gimme slimmer bats over fatter records

Unlike in baseball, where you could mistake Babe Ruth's slugger for a modern-day one, in cricket the difference in sizes and weights is mind-boggling - and harmful

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

Time to enforce Law 24

If umpires are allowed to judge every delivery on its merits, the problem of throwing can be solved

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

The white-line crime

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

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New ODI rules: Are they hurting the game?

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

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

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

Bob Woolmer takes the rule book to the match referee's office

Let the umpire call it

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