The boom of T20 cricket gave birth to a debate of bat sizes as batsman began smashing the bowlers at will over long on effortlessly and edges flying off over the boundary ropes.
The fear about the game tilting uncontrollably towards the batsman was legit by all means as bowler struggled, despite all their trickery and innovative methods, started to fall relatively short of their counterparts when compared head to head.
In addition to the opinions regarding bat sizes, there were also concerns about the playing conditions, Decision Review System and events of misconduct from players.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), just like every year, has come with a modified set of rules and regulation to keep the game fair and balanced.
The said amendments will be brought to effect from, 28th September or later.
The set of new regulation will most likely get applied from the two upcoming Test series – South Africa hosts Bangladesh and when Pakistan play Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.
The ICC playing conditions will now incorporate the relevant clauses from the MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 Code). This means that all the playing regulations will be registered in one document for each format of the game.
ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice:
“Most of the changes to the ICC playing conditions are being made as a result of changes to the Laws of Cricket that have been announced by the MCC. We have just completed a workshop with the umpires to ensure they understand all of the changes and we are now ready to introduce the new playing conditions to international matches.”
Restrictions on dimensions of the bat
The playing conditions now will see the size of the edges of the bats, as well as their thickness, come under restrictions.
The length and width of bats are set to remain unchanged, but the thickness of the edges must be 40mm or lower than that while the overall depth allowance is set at 67 mm maximum.
A new bat gauge will be soon introduced to check a bat’s legality.
Get ready to witness send-offs
Players have now wary before they threaten to assault an umpire, make inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically attack a player or any other person and commit any other act of violence as they can now be sent – off from the field for the rest of the match. These misconducts fall under the Level 4 offences and will be dealt using this punishment.
The above changes will be applicable across all formats.
DRS Rules Amended
In what can be called a significant boost for teams, the new DRS rules now means that a review will not be lost if a decision remains unchanged solely because of an ‘umpire’s call’.
DRS in the Test format also saw a change. The other DRS offerings to teams after the completion of 80 overs of an innings will now cease to exist. There will only two unsuccessful reviews in each innings.
Also, the review system will no longer be used in T20Is.