ICC New Playing Conditions: Mankading Allowed, Saliva Ban Permanent

Top Cricket body to implement new changes from October 1

The International Cricket Council (ICC) changed its playing conditions, which will come into effect on October 1. The new rules were long pending ones, asked by the teams, including the saliva ban and that of mankading.

The ICC is trying to bring neutrality to the game with the new rules. The following are the changes to be implemented from October. 

Running out of the non-striker: The Playing Conditions follow the Laws in moving this method of effecting a Run out from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section.

Batters returning to crease when caught: When a batter is out caught, the new batter will come in at the end the striker was, regardless of whether the batters crossed prior to the catch.

Use of saliva to polish the ball: This prohibition has been in place for over two years in international cricket as a Covid-related temporary measure and it is considered appropriate to be made permanent.

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery: Previously, a bowler who saw the batter advancing down the wicket before entering their delivery stride, could throw the ball to attempt to run out the striker. This practice will now be called a Dead ball.

Incoming batter ready to face the ball: An incoming batter will now be required to be ready to take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, while the current threshold of ninety seconds in T20Is remains unchanged.

Striker’s right to play the ball: This is restricted to require some part of their bat or person to remain within the pitch. Should they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball.

Unfair movement by the fielding side: Any unfair and deliberate movement while the bowler is running in to bowl could now result in the umpire awarding five penalty runs to the batting side, besides a call of Dead ball.

ICC to allow hybrid pitches

It was also decided that the Playing Conditions for all Men’s and Women’s ODI and T20I matches will be amended to allow hybrid pitches to be used if agreed by both teams. Currently, hybrid pitches can only be used in Women’s T20I matches. 

ICC rules will have a bigger role in how the game is played in the future. The success and impact of these changes will be known by the end of the T20 World Cup. 

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