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Updated January 4th, 2024 at 13:13 IST

'Player will not be permitted to bowl if...': ICC puts up new regulations in all forms of cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will implement new rules to address concerns about some players abusing a playing method.

Pavitra Shome
Ravindra Jadeja, Alex Carey
Alex Carey appeals as Ravindra Jadeja looks behind | Image: AP
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be bringing in some fresh changes in the playing conditions in the new year. The issues surround some players exploiting a playing technique, and they will implement it across all three main formats. The rule affects the caught-behind appeals during stumping, which is reviewed by the third umpire. 

3 things you need to know

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  • ICC is set to implement new changes in rules
  • The new rules will make the play more seamless
  • The rules involve the stumping appeals in cricket 

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ICC makes critical changes over stumping referrals - Reports

The ICC has announced some rule alterations which will affect the stumping appeal while also checking for a caught-behind. As per the new law, the caught-behind will not be checked when the players ask for a review for a stumping. It was a risk-free opportunity for the bowling side as they did not lose their reviews during a review for a stumping. Generally, the third-umpire checks in both front and side angles. But now, only side angles will be reviewed when a review is sent upstairs for stumping. Concussion substitution was another subject where the rules needed clarification. A report by CricBuzz mentioned:

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"The change confines a stumping review to only check for stumped, therefore preventing the fielding team a free review for other modes of dismissal (i.e., caught behind) without choosing a player review." The rule change had come into effect from December 12, 2023.

The second modification around concussion states, “(It) provides clarity in the regulations to ensure that a replacement player will not be permitted to bowl if the replaced player was suspended from bowling at the time of their concussion.”

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Pat Cummins celebrates with Alex Carey after the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow | Image: AP


The problem surfaced during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023 when Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey attempted multiple stumping. As a result, the third umpire had to examine caught-behind first before using the side-on camera.

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Two more rules regarding the checks for the no-ball and the time given for the treatment for an on-field injury also came into effect. In addition to the front foot, the third umpire will now have a greater scope to automatically evaluate all types of foot fault no ball. Aside from that, the board has specified the time restriction for an on-field injury evaluation or treatment, which is set at four minutes.

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 11:42 IST

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