Bowling sides to be docked five runs for delaying start of new over: ICC

Dubai, (UNI) Bowling sides will be docked five runs if they take more than 60 seconds to start a new over for the third time during an innings in men’s ODI snd T20I matches from next month, the ICC announced on Tuesday.

The new rule was adopted on a trial basis in a meeting of the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) here.

“The CEC agreed to introduce a stop clock on a trial basis in men’s ODI and T20I cricket from December 2023 to April 2024. The clock will be used to regulate the amount of time taken between overs.

“If the bowling team is not ready to bowl the next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed, a 5-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings,” an International Cricket Council (ICC) release said.

Changes to the pitch and outfield monitoring regulations were also approved, including a simplification of the criteria against which a pitch is assessed and increasing the threshold for when a venue could have its international status removed from five demerit points to six demerit points over a five-year period, it said.

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