ICC announces rule changes for one-dayers

September 30th, 2008 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Sep 30 (IANS) The batting side can now decide when to introduce either the second or third Powerplay, according to rule changes for one-day matches announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Tuesday.Earlier, the fielding side decided when Powerplays would be taken.

ICC’s new playing conditions comes into effect from Oct 1 with the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee met in June and unanimously approved the changes.

The amendment to the Powerplay rule also allows the captain three fielders outside the 30-yard circle during the second and third Powerplay. Previously, the third fielder was allowed outside the circle during either the second or third PowerPlay.

In other changes, field umpires can now consult the third umpire on whether a catch has been taken cleanly or not.

Should both umpires be unable to make a decision, they may consult by two-way radio with the third umpire as to whether there is any definitive evidence as to whether the catch was taken cleanly or not. Following such consultation, the final decision will be made and given by the bowler’s-end umpire. Should the bowler’s-end umpire still not be able to decide, a not-out decision shall be given, according to the rule.

The committee also aimed to curb players from taking comfort breaks by bringing substitute fielders.

Substitute fielders shall only be permitted in cases of injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons which should be limited to extreme circumstances.

The ICC also decided to retain the free-hit rule as well as the mandatory changing of the ball at the start of the 35th over of an innings.

The interval rule, implemented in June, which allowed the umpires to reduce the length of time between innings in an ODI, if the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted, was also retained.

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