ICC Introduces New 'No Ball' Playing Condition
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for international cricket whereby a no ball will be called if a bowler breaks the stumps at the non-striker's end during the act of delivering the ball.
The playing condition has been implemented after the MCC decided to introduce a new law to the same effect from 1st October, advising the ICC to introduce the playing condition.
After being passed by the ICC Chief Executives' Committee in March, the new playing condition will come into effect on 30th April and the first match with the new condition in place will be the first One-Day International between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on 3rd May.
"The recent interpretation used in international matches to call ‘Dead ball’ when a bowler breaks the wicket during a delivery has not adequately dealt with this situation," Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.
"The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) recently decided to address this issue by introducing a new 'No ball' Law from 1 October 2013. The ICC Cricket Committee noted the MCC’s decision, and recommended that an ICC playing condition, mirroring the new No ball Law, be introduced to international cricket as early as possible," he added.
"The ICC has decided to introduce this playing condition five months prior to the MCC changing the ‘No ball’ Law because there is a lot of important cricket to be played before 1 October, including the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
"The introduction of this playing condition will now provide greater certainty for all involved when a bowler breaks the wickets during the act of delivery."
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