New ODI playing conditions take effect from India/Australia series

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New Delhi, Sep 29 (UNI) The new one-day international (ODI) playing conditions approved by the Internatonal Cricket ouncil (ICC) came into effect from today with the start of the India-Australia series.

The main changes to the ODI playing conditions include a mandatory change of ball at the start of the 35th over of each innings, free hit rule, which was prevalent during the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, applies to the delivery following a front foot no-ball. Interestingly, as per this regulation a batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler in a free hit ball except for run out.

Other changes include boundaries square of the wicket must be a minimum of 150 yards (previously it was 140 yards) with the minimum on one side of 65 yards and straight boundaries must be a minimum of 70 yards (previously 60 yards). However, where space is available the largest playing area must be used to the maximum of a 90-yard boundary.

The new rule also states that the fielding captain can nominate either the second or third powerplay to have a third fielder outside the 30-yard circle and the signal by the umpire for this will be the usual power play signal (rotation of the arm) followed by a hand signal where he raises three fingers.

In circumstances when the number of overs of the batting team is reduced, the number of powerplay overs shall be reduced accordingly and also spaced out proportionately.

As for example, if an innings is reduced to 20-22 overs per side, then the eight powerplay overs will be divided up into three blocks of four, two and two overs. This will apply in both innings of a reduced overs match.

Adding to the list of new rules, if a team is bowled out within 30 minutes of the scheduled interval between innings, then the innings break will start immediately and the restart will take place correspondingly earlier. If more than 60 minutes is lost in a match (minus any extra time added) then the interval between innings shall be reduced to 30 minutes.

The use of polyvinyl acetate (PVA) or other adhesives is not permitted in the preparation of pitches, the updated conditions states.

The new conditions also gave full authority to the match referee stating that he has the final say in the awarding of a match to a side in the event of the other side refusing to play.

It also gave additional powers to umpires and stated that he or she shall be empowered to impose time-wasting penalties as allowed for under the Laws if a new batsman is not ready to face his first delivery within two minutes of the fall of the previous wicket.

The changes in playing conditions relating to the use of PVA, the size of boundaries, the awarding of a match in the event of a side refusing to play, time-wasting, the responsibilities of the match referee in relation to any allegation of ball-tampering and the fact that the captain is held responsible if it is not possible to identify the person/s responsible for changing the condition of the ball are also applicable to the traditional version -- Test match and the nascent version of the game -- Twenty20 International (T20I).

UNI

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