Some key decisions have been taken at ICC’s annual conference being held in Melbourne. Netherlands and Nepal have been granted Twenty20 international status by the ICC board. The other Associates that already have T20I status are Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and UAE.

Further, in Test cricket, a bowler who is off the field will be allowed to resume bowling after he has either spent the same period of time or 30 overs, whichever occurs first. The trial of allowing an 80-over top-up of DRS reviews has also been extended for another year. In Twenty20 internationals, teams will now have 85 minutes of time to complete an innings, instead of 80.

The ICC board has also said that international venues must be set up to their maximum possible boundary dimensions to help maintain balance between bat and the ball. This has been done in view of the boundaries getting shorter. All these changes will come into effect from October 1 this year.