New playing conditions all set to come into effect
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the new rules to the playing conditions will be effective for all series starting from 28th September.
Limitations to bat size, player send-offs and changes to decision review systems will all come into effect ahead of the Test series between Bangladesh and South Africa and also the contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the new regulations, the bat edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most and umpires will be provided with gauges to measure the size of the willow.
The players can be sent off the field now for Level 4 offences while Level 1 to 3 offences will be dealt in usual manner with ICC Code of Conduct.
Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences.
Also teams will now not lose reviews for umpire's call across all formats but there will not be a reset after 80 overs during a Test match. Batsmen will not be given out during a run out dismissal when the bat pops out of the crease while attempting to make a reach and 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 batsman can be given out caught, stumped or run out even if the ball bounces off the helmet worn by a fielder or wicket-keeper.
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