The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made some more changes in the rules of the game, making the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball permanent. These changes will be effective from October 1. Cricket's global governing body has removed the run-out of a 'non-striker' from the category of 'unfair play' to the 'run out' category at the bowlers' end.
ICC announced changes
These changes were recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by former India captain and President of the Cricket Board of India, Sourav Ganguly , which was announced by its Chief Executives Committee (CEC). The ICC had temporarily banned the use of saliva to shine the ball in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The custodian of the Laws of Cricket, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), amended its rules in March 2022 to ban it altogether.
This rule changed
According to the statement issued by the ICC, 'As a temporary measure related to Kovid, this ban has been in force in international cricket for more than two years. Now it is considered appropriate to make this ban permanent. In the event of a new batsman at the crease, the ICC said, 'When a batsman is out, the new batsman will be on the same side as the batsman who was to be out on the next ball.'
The batsman will also be out on the non-striker
The game's governing body said, "In Tests and ODIs, it will now be necessary for a new batsman to be ready to take strike within two minutes." The current time limit of 90 minutes in T20 will continue as before. It was previously considered inappropriate to run out a non-striker during the game, and such an action has been debated several times. Many players like Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin supported this. In such a case, the batsman will now be considered run out.
Fielder's inappropriate behavior while bowling Penalty of five runs
If the fielding team uses any unfair means during the bowler's run-up, the umpire will call that ball a 'dead ball' and the batting team will be awarded five penalty runs. In another major decision, the ICC said that the penalty for keeping a fielder short outside the 30-yard circle if the over rate is slow in T20 will now be implemented in ODIs as well.
Penalty for slow over-rate
The ICC said, 'The penalty given during the match for slow over-rate will now be implemented in ODIs also. However, this rule will be implemented after the ICC Men's World Cup Super League 2023.