The game of cricket has gone through massive change in the last 10 years. Since the arrival of T20 cricket, the game has evolved almost every year and many new rules have been introduced.
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced some new rules which will be applicable from 1st October 2017. ICC have made some changes in the existing rules and a major chunk of cricket fans across the world agrees with ICC on these changes.
1) Decision Review System
ODIs: As per the existing rules, if a decision is referred and the replay shows ‘umpire’s call’ then the team that had asked for the reviews loses 1 review. But, according to the new rules proposed by ICC, the team will not lose the review on umpire’s call.
Tests: In Test cricket, according to the new rules, review will not be reloaded after 80 overs. This means, a team will have only 2 reviews per innings, irrespective of the numbers of overs bowled.
T20Is: DRS will now be used in T2OIs as well.
2) Bat Sizes
These days, we see batsmen using massive willows. The likes of David Warner, MS Dhoni and Chris Gayle use very big bats and this is one of the reasons why they smash huge sixes. As per the new rules, the standard sizes of the bats has been decreased and now they will be limited to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
3) New Run-Out Rule
The new run-out rule introduced by ICC is a big relief batsmen. So many times we have seen batsmen getting out even after reaching the crease because their bat popped up in the air after hitting the turf. Now, according to the new rule, once the bat has touched the ground beyond the crease, it means the batsman is in.
4) Red Card
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As per the new ICC rules, the on-field umpire will now have the authority to send cricketers off the field for serious misconduct/violence on the field.
Well, it’s a gentleman’s game after all.