ICC changes regulation for slow over rate
CRICDOT DESK : The ICC has changed a number of rules in the playing conditions of international Twenty20 matches, including the penalty of slow over rate. According to the newly added rules, the fielding team will also have to face punishment in the International Twenty20 match for slow over rate.
Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct includes the penalty of slow over rate in an international T20 match. Under the new rules, a slower over-rate will be penalized if the fielding team fails to bowl the first ball of the last over of the innings within the pre-determined time. In that case, as punishment, one less fielder should be kept outside 30 yards in the remaining overs of the innings.
The ICC goal is to accelerate the play in every format. The same rule was followed in the fancy The Hundred held in England. The ICC has added a new rule for international Twenty20 matches after its effectiveness was proved.
Other changes in the playing conditions of the International Twenty20 match include an optional drinking break. Both teams will be able to take a two and a half minute drinking break in the middle of each innings. However, in the case of the bilateral series, both the participating teams have to reach an agreement on the break.
The new rules will take effect from the West Indies v Ireland match to be played on January 16 at Sabina Park. Under the new rules, the first women’s cricket match will be played on January 18. South Africa will face West Indies in that match.