As per the reports in The Indian Express, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has more or less but decided to allow five fielders outside the 30-yard circle for the fielding team in the last ten overs so as to make an even competition between both batters and bowlers, that has increasingly been won by the former in the past few months.
In a meeting held in Mumbai on May 15, former Indian leggie Anil Kumble and ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan with the other board members, discussed the issue alongwith the other ones especially the two new balls from both ends and suspect actions. There was also a review of the ICC World Cup 2015, where the rule of having four fielders outside the circle came under a lot of criticism.
“It’s noticed that conserving wickets for late overs has become a strategy and the last 10 are often fetching more than 100 runs,” said an ICC source. People concerned think this is giving batsmen an advantage. That’s why there’s been talk on increasing number of fielders outside the circle. Making it five from four only for the last 10 overs appears to be an acceptable view.”
It has been learnt that the ICC will discuss the issue in detail in its next board meeting at Barbados in June and if cleared, the rule will come into existence by this year itself. The proposal (one of the other issues) to allow at least one bowler to bowl 12 overs in an ODI wasn’t discussed in detail as it would complicate the other rules further.