ICC Confirms New Playing Conditions And Opens New Testing Centres
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that new playing conditions come into effect this weekend and that new ICC-accredited testing centres for suspected illegal bowling actions are now up and running in Brisbane and Chennai.
The new playing conditions will be used for the first time during Sunday's Twenty20 International betwen Pakistan and Australia in Dubai.
Of specific relevance to Twenty20 cricket is an amendment to the time allowed for an innings to be completed, increasing from 80 to 85 minutes and a minimum over-rate to be achieved now set at 14.11
In Tests, the trial of Decision Review System (DRS) reviews being 'topped up' at the end of 80 overs will be extended for another 12 months and Real-Time Snickometer has been included in the ICC's List of Approved Technology.
There has also been an amendment added to provide clarification on the movement of any player or team member who has been suspended in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct.
The ICC is also making amendments to how players' absences from the field are dealt with. Players will not be able to bowl until they have been back on the pitch for as long as they were absent, up to a maximum of 120 minutes.
However, the 'penance time' can be carried over to the next innings. Batsmen must also wait until their time has batted for as long as they were absent for, unless five wickets have fallen, in which case they may bat immediately.
Following a protocol that was introduced last year requiring umpires to consult with match referees before suspending play, this has now been formalised and the current amendment also added:
"If circumstances are warranted, the umpires shall stop play and instruct the ground staff to take whatever action they can and use whatever equipment is necessary to remove as much dew as possible from the outfield when conditions become unreasonable or dangerous.
"The umpires may also instruct the ground staff to take such action during scheduled and unscheduled breaks in play."
Now, testing centres have been opened in Brisbane and Chennai, where bowlers will now be able to have their actions officially tested under current ICC regulations.
The two centres - Cricket Australia's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane and the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai - join Cardiff's Metropolitan University as ICC-accredited testing centres for bowlers with suspected illegal actions.
The facilities were judged to have an indoor area large enough for a player to bowl off their normal run-up, a motion analysis system, suitably qualified personnel, and enough experience in using the technology.
"We are pleased to announce the accreditation of these two new testing centres, which will help us better manage the issue of illegal bowling actions in cricket," Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.
"The accreditation of these facilities will make testing more accessible for elite cricketers, while also providing a more consistent assessment of bowlers’ actions through the common use of the ICC protocols, equipment and processes.
"The facilities also allow for bowlers in domestic competitions and in under-age squads to be tested against the ICC standard before they represent their country."
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