The ICC’s new penalty rules stuns every nation participating in the men’s limited-overs cricket. The concept of avoiding this penalty is just simple. Bowl the overs with time! If not be ready to accept the fines!
Cricket has been a favorite sport globally for many years. Many countries consider cricket not only as a sport but also as its religion. At the same time, there were moments when viewers and the audience got frustrated. This happens when the game is made to be watched continually for an extended duration.
For the past few years, the ICC (International Cricket Council) has come up with different ideas to fasten the game by imposing certain penalties.
Earlier, the players were charged 5 to 10% of their match fees for maintaining a slow over rate. The penalty comes into effect if a bowler in a team doesn’t bowl the next over within a specified time. These over-rate penalties do not imply that the opposition team is bowled out within the limited overs.
Also, paying these penalties wouldn’t squeeze a player’s pocket to spend a small fee.
In 2022, the ICC modified the rule by implementing the innings timer that impacts the field restrictions. If a team doesn’t complete their innings within the time limit, certain field restrictions will be implemented.
For instance, if the bowling team lags behind the innings timer, only four fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle rather than five.
The main intention of the ICC is to accelerate the pace of the game by valuing the time of the viewers and audiences.
Audiences and viewers get more relaxed experiences while watching the game with this new rule.
What are the ICC’s New Penalty Rules in limited-overs cricket?
ICC has always strived to deliver its best efforts to make the game short and crisp.
The ICC’s Chief Executive Committee (CEC) plans to introduce a stop clock on a trial basis.
ICC’s new penalty rules emphasize on time-management scheme. The use of a stopwatch during the match will be effective from December 2023 to April 2024 on a trial basis. The timer calculates the duration taken per over-transition.
Recently, ICC has introduced a new 5-run penalty for every third delay by a bowler. If a bowling team doesn’t bowl the next over within 60 seconds for the third time, a 5-run penalty will be imposed in an innings.
The ICC Chief executives discussed the aforementioned decision at Ahmedabad on Tuesday (21st November). Soon the ICC’s new penalty will come into action for both long and shorter formats of the game.
This indicates that an additional five runs counted on the team’s total without starting the over drags the opposition team into trouble.
The maiden enactment of this law commences during the three-match ODI series between England and West Indies from 3rd December 2023. Whereas in T20Is,
Especially, the upcoming 5-match T20I series between India and Australia from 23rd November 2023, do not get a chance to experience this rule.
Additionally, the authorities plan to implement certain alterations to the drinks break rule during the mid-innings. With this rule, players can choose a two-and-half break, concerned with the agreement between both teams participating at the commencement of each series.
ICC’s new penalty rules: Transgenders banned
Apart from the ICC’s new penalty rules for slow overrate, the authorities have granted certain new rules. Moreover, the ICC has agreed with new rules to ban transgenders at any level.
Individuals who have transformed their gender from male to female will be ineligible to be a part of the Women’s International Cricket Team. It becomes clear that there is no scope for individuals who have undergone any surgeries or treatments irrespective of any gender shifts.
Unfortunately, Danielle McGahey, the first transgender player to participate in international cricket for Canada, will no longer be eligible to continue the profession.
This decision adjusts similarly to other sports such as swimming, cycling, rugby, and athletics.
The ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice, clarified that this rule was to protect women’s integrity in international cricket by ensuring the importance of players’ inclusion and safety. Allardice further stated that the decision experienced a detailed discussion for nine months.
Danielle McGahey was born in Australia and represented Canada international cricket for a year.
The 29-year-old transgender moved from Australia to Canada in 2020. Later, the McGahey transitioned from male to female during the year 2021.
McGahey played 6 matches in the ICC T20 World Cup 2023 and scored 118 runs. This includes a top score of 48 runs against the Brazil women’s cricket team.
Danielle McGahey expresses her disappointment by sharing that she will continue fighting for equality in sports. Furthermore, she clarifies that the transgenders aren’t a threat to a sport and deserve the right to play cricket at the highest level.