New International Cricket Rules to Come into Effect from September 28, 2017

Here is the breakdown of new international cricket rules and changes to the playing conditions to come into effect from September 28, 2017 for all international series.

  • Each team is allowed to name 6 substitutes (which was 4 previously) in Test series.
  • No changes will be allowed in length and width of cricket bat, but the bat’s thickness shouldn’t exceed 67mm and edge thickness shouldn’t exceed 40mm.
  • Umpires will have gauge to ensure that the bats comply with new regulations.
  • ICC is allowed to use bails tethering to the stumps to avoid injuries due to bails flying at the fielders and wicketkeepers when the stumps are broken. The technology used in tethering shouldn’t interfere with the dislodge ability and it is at host board’s discretion.
  • An interval will be taken in case wicket falls in three minutes of interval. Previously, interval was taken within 2 minutes.
  • Even if the ball touches a helmet worn by the wicketkeeper or fielder, a batsman may be run-out, caught or stumped.
  • In T20, in case innings is cut to 10 overs or less, the maximum quota of overs for each bowler shall not be two or less. It means if a match is cut to 5 overs one side, two bowlers can bowl two overs for each.
  • Airborne fielders who are making their initial contact with the ball should take off inside the boundary to stop boundaries, or a boundary will be provided to the batsman. If a fielder catches the ball and makes contact with anything beyond the boundary, even another fielder, a boundary will be given too.
  • If a ball bounces several times after delivery from the bowler before it reaches the batsman’s popping crease, it will be considered as no-ball. Previously, a ball may bounce twice. If ball lands over the pitch, the umpire will show no-ball. In case fielder intercepts delivery before reaching the batsman, umpire will show it as dead ball or no-ball.
  • Any leg byes or byes scored off no-balls will be scored in separate way. The bowler will have one no-ball over his name, and extras will be scored as leg byes or byes. Previously, leg byes and byes scored no-balls were actually no-balls.
  • If a batsman grounds their bat or any part of their body behind the crease while regaining their ground before getting the stumps broken, if they lose contact with the bat inadvertently, or if the grounded part of their body is in the air while diving or running, and stumps are broken, he shall not be stumped or run out.
  • Umpires can recall the batsman who is dismissed or withdraw an appeal any time before ball comes for next delivery. Previously a batsman was not allowed to be recalled once he leaves the field.
  • Catch can be valid on the boundary. It is important for the fielder to be grounded to make contact with the ball within the boundary or his last contact with the ground before touching the ball first should be within the boundary.