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ICC approves new rules, will be implemented from Sept 28

ICC approves new rules, will be implemented from Sept 28

The ongoing India-Australia ODI series is the last time cricket is being played under the current rules as cricket’s governing body has approved an extensive list of the new rules to be incorporated from September 28. This means the upcoming Pakistan-Sri Lanka and Bangladesh-South Africa series will be played under new regulations.

Below are the new rules:

Thickness of the bats will be restricted; edges limited to 40mm and overall depth to 67mm.

Umpires can now send-off players for serious or violent misconduct.

Decision Review System changes: teams will no longer lose one of their allocated reviews when it is deemed to be 'Umpire's Call' though they will not receive top-up reviews after 80 overs, as was previously the case in Test cricket. The DRS may now also be used in T20 Internationals.

Tethered bails (bails attached to string) may now be used to prevent injuries like the one sustained by former South Africa keeper Mark Boucher.

'Bouncing bat' run-outs to no longer be out, provided the batsman has "continued forward momentum through running or diving" when the wicket is put down.

A no-ball will be called if a delivery bounces more than once (previously more than twice) before the popping crease.

A batter can now be recalled by umpires – or an appeal withdrawn by fielders – before the ensuing ball is bowled, even if the dismissed batter has left the field of play.

Fielders intentionally deceiving or distracting a batsman (for example, mock fielding where a player pretends to throw or pick up a ball) can now be penalized.

Bowlers deemed to have deliberately bowled a front foot no-ball will be barred from bowling for the remainder of the innings.

A batter can no longer repeatedly take strike in the protected area of the pitch, just as a bowler can not repeatedly follow through into the protected area under the existing rules.

'Handled the ball' is no longer a separate dismissal; it has been incorporated into the 'obstructing the field' law.

The number of named substitutes for international teams has been increased from four to six.

Breaks in play (i.e. lunch or tea interval) are to be taken if a wicket falls within three minutes of an interval (previously two minutes).

In a rain-shortened match where an innings is reduced to 10 overs or less, a bowler's maximum quota of overs won't be reduced to less than two.

Airborne fielders making their first contact with the ball need to have taken off from within the boundary (this Law was changed in 2013 but had not been formally adopted into the ICC's playing conditions).

Byes and leg byes off no-balls to now be scored separately. Previously byes or leg byes off no-balls were all recorded as no-balls.