To make cricket more entertaining the International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced new rules and regulations for the game that will come into effect from 28 Sep 2017. The new rules will be in use for the first time on Thursday starting with the first Test between South Africa and Bangladesh, and the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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Player can be sent off the field:
Now umpires will have the power to send a player off the field for the rest of the match for serious misconduct if found of level four offence, the most serious offence under the ICC’s code of conduct.
Those offenses include physical attacking or intimidating to assault another player, an umpire, the match referee or a spectator, or any act of violence on the field of play.
Transformation to the DRS system
The DRS system can now also be used in T20 internationals matches. Each team gets one review per innings.
For Tests, the current rule which allows use of reviews after 80 overs in Tests has been detached which means no more top-up reviews after 80 overs in Tests. Moreover teams won’t lose a review if decision remains unchanged on the basis of ‘umpires call’.
Bat size restrictions
The thickness of bats has now been limited. The edge of the bat can be no thicker than 40 millimeters (1.5 inches) and the on the whole depth of the bat no more than 67 millimeters (2.6 inches). Limitations on the length and width of bats were already in force and remain unchanged. Umpires will be given a “new bat gauge” to check if a bat is legal, the ICC said.