ICC: 60 seconds between overs; 5-run penalty for every 3 delays

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has instituted a penalty mechanism for late overs. If this happens three times in an innings, the bowling team will be allowed 60 seconds between overs and the batting team will be given an extra five runs.

The decision, made at the ICC Board meeting in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, will be applied to men’s ODI and T20I cricket on an experimental basis from December to April of next year. The amount of time between overs will be controlled by a stop clock. The third time this occurs in the innings, the bowling team will be penalized five runs if they are not prepared to bowl the following over within sixty seconds of the last over being finished.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the board has approved modifications to the regulations concerning pitch and outfield monitoring. These modifications include streamlining the standards by which a pitch is evaluated and raising the bar for a venue to lose its international status from five demerit points to six demerit points over five years.

Criteria for gender eligibility

New rules on gender eligibility for the international game were also agreed by the Board after a nine-month engagement process with stakeholders in the sport. “The new policy is based on the following principles (in order of priority), protection of the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness, and inclusion, and this means any male-female participants who have been through any form of male puberty will not be eligible to participate in the international women’s game regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment they may have undertaken,” the International Cricket Council stated.

Gender eligibility for international women’s cricket is the exclusive focus of the evaluation, which was headed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee and chaired by Dr. Peter Harcourt. Gender eligibility at the domestic level is a concern for each individual Member Board and may be influenced by local legislation. Within two years, the regulations will be reconsidered.

“The changes to the gender eligibility regulations resulted from an extensive consultation process and are founded in science and aligned with the core principles developed during the review,” stated Geoff Allardice, Chief Executive of the International Commission on Crime Prevention. As a sport, inclusivity is very important to us, but player safety and the integrity of the international women’s game came first.”

The CEC approved a strategy to hasten the advancement of female match officials, which includes guaranteeing that one impartial umpire will officiate each ICC Women’s Championship series starting in January 2024 and paying ICC umpires equally for both men’s and women’s cricket matches on match days.

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