Cricket is the only game which keeps accepting upgradations time after time. From 5 days to 60 overs to T20s, from caps to helmets, from trousers to track pants. There was a time when there was no third umpire and now, the on-field umpires go upstairs for the smallest of things( Of course Technology made this possible.)
So naturally, as the game has evolved, the rules need to change too. Rules that are implemented to make the game as fair as possible for the bowler as well as the batsman. After a meeting earlier this year, ICC agreed to make changes to some rules and all members agreed to adhere to those changes.
So as of October 1st’17, new cricket rules will be in effect and here’s all you need to know about those changes.
1. The run-out rule
Countless times we have seen that once the bat was inside the crease, it can suddenly pop up in the air. And if the bails are dislodged just at that moment, the batsman is ruled out. Well, not anymore.
According to ICC, the new rule is once the bat has touched the ground beyond the crease, it means the batsman is in. Even if the bat somehow pops back up beyond the line and the stumps light up, it won’t matter. So, Indian Batsman with Rohit Sharma, Don’t worry just make sure you reach the crease and touchdown(NOT OUT).
2.The red card( Doesn’t see its importance)
Just like football, this new rule gives the umpires the authority to send players off for serious misconduct/violence on the field. This rule is out of everything because cricket is best watching when sledges are going on. From ICC point of view, This will ensure that the gentleman’s game.
Well, Other issues of misconduct will be dealt according to the already established ICC rules.
3. The new DRS
if a DRS verdict returns to umpire’s call, the team that has asked for the review loses the review and decision stay of the umpire. As of 1st October, that won’t be the trouble. Although Umpire’s call comes into effect when there is a benefit of the doubt to be awarded. Alongside, Sometimes even ball tracking cannot establish whether the ball is completely hitting the stumps or just touching it. In such trouble case, the decision goes back to the umpire’s call on the field. If that happens, the team won’t lose a review.
Also, In Test matches, the reviews are refreshed at the 80-over mark. As of now, a team is allowed two failed reviews and after 80-overs till the end of the innings, they are giving two more. From now on, there will be no top-up after the 80-over mark(OUCH!).
Besides, The ICC have also agreed that the DRS is to be used in all T20Is as well.
4. New Bat dimensions
The introduction of T20 has made cricket all-rounder’s game( especially batsmen). ODI’s too have seen an upsurge in runs being scored. The main reason behind this is the bat sizes variation in recent times( Bowlers be like, We want right to equality).The bats being thicker and broader probably provide the batsmen with some advantage over the bowlers. Hence, to equalize, ICC has introduced new dimensions for bats. They are will be limited to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
Well, next month is going to be huge with such changes. With this let’s see the impact of them on cricket. Unfortunately, as the India-Australia series is going to be in September, changes will not be brought in this game. Upcoming India tour of South Africa matches will be affected with modifications done by the ICC.