Hong Kong, Oct 14: As India take on England in what many people describe as a "revenge" series, the players must play the ODI series keeping in mind, the new rules which come into effect from October 1.
The modifications have been approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board following proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its convention in London in May.
It is essential to note that the playing conditions are valid to international cricket and must be interpreted together with the Laws of Cricket. Whilst a playing condition may have the consequence of amending the Laws of Cricket as they may apply to international cricket these changes are NOT amendments to the Laws of Cricket themselves.
Two new balls per innings (ODIs only):
Each fielding team will be given two new balls to be used in alternate overs, one at each end. The mandatory change of the ball after the 34th over of an innings will not take place anymore.
Powerplays (ODIs only):
The two powerplay blocks, which the bowling team and the batting team decide to take as per their wish after the end of first ten overs (Mandatory Powerplay) may not be taken so as to commence earlier than the 16th over nor be completed later than the 40th over.
This check will not apply for an interrupted match where the number of overs gets reduced for less than 40 overs a side.
Obstructing the field (All Formats):
A new playing condition has been set up clarifying that on appeal from the fielders, if the umpire feels that a batsman, whilst running between the wickets, has significantly changed his direction without probable cause (to save his wicket) when a fielder attempts to run the batsman out, should be given out "obstructing the field". It shall not be relevant whether a run out would have been effected or not.
For making a decision to declare the batsman out obstructing the field, the on-field umpires may consult the third-umpire.
Runners (All Formats):
A runner for a batsman shall not be permitted The rule means that unless nine wickets are down, the injured or ill batsman has the choice of retiring hurt and returning to bat at a later stage should the need and/or occasion come up.
Bowler attempting to run-out non-striker before delivery (All Formats):
The new ICC rule suggests that, The bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, can attempt to run-out the batsmen at non-striker's end. Whether the outcome is successful or not, the ball shall not add up to the number of deliveries bowled in that over. If the non-striker is not-out, the umpire shall call the ball " DEAD BALL".
Extra time to complete a match (Tests only)
At the request of the batsman or captains from either side, play can be extended for 15 mins (Maximum 4 overs) in cases where a definite result would be possible, in those four overs.
"If it is determined and decided to play such extra time, the whole time shall be played out even though the likelihood of finishing the match may have disappeared before the full period has expired." ICC said in a statement.
"Only the actual amount of playing time up to the maximum 15 minutes extra time by which play is extended on any day shall be reduced from the total number of hours of play left over, and the next session of play shall be reduced by the amount of time by which play was previously extended under this section."
Delay of lunch interval when nine wickets down (Tests only):
If at the stroke of lunch-interval, the batting team has lost 9 wickets, then the play can be extended another 30 minutes (maximum).
Duration of interval between innings (ODIs only):
The least interval time for an uninterrupted One Day International match has been increased by ten minutes (from 20 minutes to 30 minutes).