New Delhi: Rule changes will come into effect in all international formats later this month after the International Cricket Council confirmed they’ve made numerous amendments to their playing conditions. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a number of changes to its playing conditions which will be effective from September 28 or later, as per report.
The significant changes include a restriction on the dimensions of the bat, the introduction of player send-offs for misconduct and changes to the Decision Review System, all of which will commence from the two upcoming Test series – when South Africa hosts Bangladesh and the one between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The ICC playing conditions will now incorporate the relevant clauses from the MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 Code), meaning that all the playing regulations will be captured in one document for each format.
ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice said, “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.” To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the playing conditions now restrict the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness.