ICC's new cricket rules to come into effect on Thursday

Annette Crawford
September 26, 2017

A player can be dismissed from the field of play for the rest of a Test, one-day or T20 global matches for serious misconduct under the new rules introduced by the worldwide Cricket Council.

The number of substitutes that are named for global teams will now be increased from four to six members.

There are no changes to the permitted width and length of a cricket bat, but the thickness of the edge can be no more than 40mm, and the thickness of the bat must not exceed 67mm at any point. "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 global matches". Host countries have been left with the decision whether or not to use tethered bails.

A lunch/tea interval, or any such break, will be taken if a wicket falls within three minutes of the interval.

"As for DRS in Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews (two reviews are added back for the teams after 80 overs), meaning that there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings, while the DRS will now also be allowed to be used in T20Is", the ICC added.

For boundary catches, airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball will need to have taken off from within the boundary, otherwise a boundary will be scored. A boundary will also be given if a fielder in contact with the ball makes contact with any object grounded beyond the boundary, including another fielder. Previously, batsmen could be out if the bat was in the air - even if in his crease. Previously a ball was allowed to bounce twice.


Fans would recall an incident from 2009, when Suraj Randiv, on the suggestion of captain Kumar Sangakkara, deliberately bowled a no-ball to Virender Sehwag to add one run to the then-leveled score and prevent Sehwag from reaching a century.

Now it's safer to review umpire's call?

Handling the ball will now be counted as obstructing the field, bringing down the known ten modes of dismissals to nine. If the fielding side tries to deliberately distract or deceive the batsman - through mock fielding for example - after he/she has received the ball, the umpires can penalise them. The onus will be now on the non-strike batsman to remain in the crease before a bowler release the ball.

Umpires will now have the power to send a player off the field for the remainder of the game, akin to a "red card" in football, if the player has committed a Level 4 offence. According to ICC Code of Conduct, Level 4 offence will be applied which includes - "threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person".

If an umpire's decision is referred to the TV umpire by a team, and the on-field decision remains unchanged because the DRS shows "umpire's call", the team will not lose the review.

DECISION REVIEW SYSTEM (DRS): A review will now not be lost by a team in case of a decision that remains unchanged due to "umpire's call". This means teams will now have only 2 unsuccessful review for each inning of a match.

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