ICC overhauls rules of T20 cricket before T20 World Cup


With the T20 World Cup just a few days away, the International Cricket Council has revised the playing conditions.

According to these rules, these will be ‘match-defining’ and ‘deciding moments’ during the marquee event in Australia.

ICC has already intimated all teams, support staff and players to acquaint themselves with the new rules.

The ICC has revamped five rules, some of which are already in place while some have come into effect from the 1st of October.

The first of these laws is the running out of the non-striker.

The bowler can dismiss the batter at the non-striker by first warning him/her and then removing the bails in the second instance.

Mankading is a sort of stumping but at the non-striker’s end.

The second law is the in-match over penalty which is already in place for some time.

The fielding side has to bring in an extra fielder inside the 30-yard circle when they fail to bowl the full quota of overs within the stipulated time period.

Because of this, the batting side feels less pressured and can play their shots freely.

In the third rule, the new batter will take strike after a catch has been taken.

In the previous rule, the non-striker took the strike while the new batter occupied the non-striker’s end.

The fourth rule is for batters who try to move deliberately or illegally during a match.

So, if the fielders notice any such movement, then the umpire will award five penalty points to the batting side.

This is the case when the bowler is coming in to bowl during the match.

The fifth and last law refers to the striker who must remain on the pitch at all times when playing a delivery.

They must not go out of the pitch completely to hit the ball as many batters do nowadays.

If they fail to comply with this rule, then the ball will be signalled dead and any ball that forces the batsman to leave the pitch will be deemed a no-ball by the umpire.

The signalled no-ball will also be a free hit.

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