Cricket rule changes to be introduced on September 28

With the changes coming into effect on Thursday, it will affect upcoming South Africa-Bangladesh and Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series, while the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia to be last to play with the existing regulations.


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Changes to existing cricket rules come into effect from September 28.
Multiple rule changes will come into effect from September 28, ICC announced on Tuesday and it will affect all international matches. The key changes pertain to restrictions on bat thickness, the powers afforded to umpires to send violent players off the field and tweaks to the Decision Review System (DRS) and these are the amendments made to the playing conditions.
With the changes coming into effect on Thursday, it will affect upcoming South Africa-Bangladesh and Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series, while the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia to be last to play with the existing regulations.
BAT SIZE: Restriction of the length and width of the bats remains unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be a maximum of 67 mm. To check, umpires will be issued with a bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat’s legality.
PLAYER SEND-OFF: A player can now be sent off the field for the remainder of the match for serious misconduct, meaning it will apply to Level 4 offences while the Level 1 to 3 offences will continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct. Level 4 offences include threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person.
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’. In Test matches, there will be no more top-up reviews after 80 overs of an innings. This means there can only be two unsuccessful reviews in each innings. Teams will now also be allowed to use DRS in T20Is.
RUN OUTS: If a batsman is running or diving towards the crease with forward momentum with his/her bat grounded behind the popping crease but loses contact with the ground at the time of the wickets being disturbed, will considered to be not out. Same rule will apply for a player trying to regain ground to avoid being stumped.
CATCHES: For catches taken on the boundary, 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. Additionally, a batsman can now be out caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.
“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,” said ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice



The International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally approved a new set of rules for the game of cricket. Some major changes are going to be introduced in the game from September 28, 2017.

The ICC’s rule changing committee was led by none other than former Indian coach and master of spin bowling, Anil Kumble.

The upcoming India-Australia series which is scheduled from September 17 to October 13, will be played as per existing by-laws of the game as the series is starting from before the introduction of new rules. The Sri Lanka vs Pakistan and Bangladesh vs South Africa series which is scheduled to start on September 28, will be played as per the new rules. The New Zealand tour of India in mid-October will be played as per the new rules.



Here are the new rules to be introduced soon:CRICKET RULES!!!

  • Umpires will have the authority to send players off for any serious breaches of behaviour, similar to a red card in football
  • Cricket has of late become a batsman favouring game and the bat specifications played a huge part. Although, the new rules will be changing all that with the restrictions on the the bat dimensions. The updated limits are 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edge
  • The run-out rule has also been amended. A cricket spokesperson said, “If the bat (held by the hand) or another part of the batsman’s person is grounded beyond the popping crease and this contact with the ground is subsequently lost when the wicket is put down, the batsman will be protected from being run out if he/she is running or diving and has continued forward momentum towards the stumps and beyond.” This will protect a batsman in case his bat reaches the crease but bat bounces up once inside of it
  • Teams opting for a review will no longer lose it under DRS if a leg-before wicket (LBW) referral returns back as ‘Umpires’ Call’
  • There will be less of DRS reviews in Test matches. The current rule allowed the top-up of reviews after 80 overs. That top-up of reviews will now be removed

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