The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a number of changes in the rules of International cricket. The rules are being introduced to promote balance between bowling and batting, ultimately making it better.
The new changes are expected to go live on 28th September. This means that the match between Pakistan and Sri-Lanka will be the first to experience these new rules.
Introduction of a Red Card
According to ICC, umpires will now have the power to send any player off from the field for the rest of the match if they are caught misconducting. The red card will be applicable to offenses that are categorized under Level 4 offenses. The offenses under Level 1-3 will continue to be dealt under the old laws.
The red card will be applicable to offenses that are categorized under Level 4 offenses. The offenses under Level 1-3 will continue to be dealt under the old laws.
Changes in bat size
From now on the bat will have restrictions based on its thickness. While restrictions of length and width of a bat remain unchanged, the bat now must not exceed 40mm in thickness with a maximum depth of 67mm.
Umpires will be handed a new bat gauge which will help them check the thickness, depth, length, and width of the bat.
Changes in boundaries and catches
From now on if a fielder jumps from outside the boundary line and manages to catch the ball while airborne, it will result in a boundary. The fielders are now required to jump from within the boundary limits for a valid catch.
From now on a batsman can be stumped, caught or run out if the ball bounces of the helmet worn by a wicket-keeper or fielder.
Changes in Run Out
Any batsman who is running or diving towards the crease with forwarding momentum with his bat grounded behind the crease but loses his contact with the ground when the wickets go down, the batsman will not be considered run out.
The same rule will apply to a player trying to regain ground when trying to avoid being stumped.
For additional changes to the Decision Review making, check out the official press release by ICC.