From January, the ICC stated that sluggish over-rate in T20I would lead to one less fielder beyond the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings and subsequent penalties will be given which will be best suited to the conditions. As part of the modified playing conditions, the governing body included optional refreshments interlude halfway through the innings in bilateral T20 international cricket.

ICC states, “The over rate requirements are represented in clause 13.8 of the playing conditions, which stipulates that a fielding side must be in a position to bowl the first ball of the last over of the innings by the planned or rescheduled time for the completion of the innings. If they aren’t in that position, one fewer fielder will be allowed beyond the 30-yard circle for the rest of the innings.”

It is not new for cricket fans to see ICC rolling out new rules in this century-old game and some of them are as ridiculous as the ones we got to see in the debacle of the World Cup final of 2019. The first match that will face these new rules and playing conditions will be a one-off tie between Ireland and West Indies in Sabina Park on January 16.

This new ‘improvement’ in cricket rules was brought by the ICC committee, which after evaluating reports on the success of a similar policy that was included in the playing conditions for the ECB’s Hundred tournament, decided to bring this forward for everyone to increase the tempo of play in all forms.

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