The first Test of the iconic Ashes series between Australia and England commenced in Brisbane on Thursday. The hosts Australia are playing their first international match after the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced new rules and amended a few for the betterment of international cricket. The new rules and changes to old rules came into effect on September 28. These rules have been introduced to the Ashes for the first time in history on November 23.
Here are some new rules which ICC introduced to the international cricket.
ICC decided to strengthen umpire’s authority to curb on and an off-field fracas between opponent players which have been rampant in international cricket. If players are found guilty of level four offences, umpires will have the power to show them a red card as a mode of a sendoff.
The offences include threatening to assault another player, an umpire, the match referee or a spectator, or any act of violence on the field of play. Any act that is “contrary to the spirit of the game” or “brings the game into disrepute” can also be labelled a level four offence.
Earlier, all the misconducts were dealt by umpires and match referee with fines and bans.
The new rules also addressed a problem of deliberate no-ball. If a bowler who bowls a deliberate front-foot no-ball is guilty of “unfair play” and isn’t allowed to bowl again for the rest of the innings.
ICC also addressed a serious problem in international cricket. There were complains from various ends about the size of the bat that many batsmen like David Warner used in international cricket. This bat helps batsmen to score boundaries even if it is a mishit. After the ICC implemented the rule of bat size the edge will not be thicker than 40 millimetres (1.5 inches) and the overall depth of the bat no more than 67mm (2.6 inches).
Alongside them, restrictions on length and width of the bats were already in force and remain unchanged. The umpires will be equipped with ‘new bat gauge’ to check the size of the bat.
Ball hitting helmet
A batsman is now out, if he hits the ball and caught after it strikes the helmet, or pad or a fielder. But, as per the old law, the batsman was not out if the ball hits wicketkeeper’s pad or fielder’s helmet. The same rule is applicable when it comes to stump-out or run out.
Changes to the DRS system
As per the new Decision Review System (DRS), teams will not get reviews back after 80 overs, even it is unused. A team can only have two unsuccessful reviews for entire innings now.
Changes to run-out and stumping rules
If a batsman touches ground with his bat beyond the crease, and it then bounces up when the wickets were broken, he is not out. Earlier, the batsman could get out if the bat was in the air even if he touches the crease. The same rule is applicable for stumping.