Marnus Labuschagne, a player in Queensland Bulls became the first cricketer to get penalised under the new ICC implemented rules. Marnus had breached the new regulations of ‘fake fielding’. The incident took place during a match against Cricket Australia XI in JT One-Day Cup- a limited overs tournament in Australia. During CA XI’s innings, Labuschagne was standing at the mid-off position. Batsman Param Uppal drove the ball in that direction and Labuschagne dived to stop the ball but it had already passed him. He, however, faked to throw the ball back to the bowler which prompted Uppal to turn around mid-way from the run. He later realised that the ball was past the fielder and completed his run.
According to tp report by The Indian Express, as per MCC’s new Law 41.5,”it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball. The umpires have the discretion to award five penalty runs if they determine that such deception is willful.” You can
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Following the incident, the Cricket Australia XI were awarded five penalty runs. Although the new law comes into effect on October 1, it looked as if this match between Queensland Bulls and Cricket Australia XI was played under the new rules.
In order to maintain the on-field discipline in cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to follow in the footsteps of football. The governing body has introduced a new set of rules yesterday after which cricketers can now be sent off the field for the rest of the match for any serious misconduct. “…meaning it will apply to Level 4 offences while the Level 1 to 3 offences will continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct,” ICC said while announcing these new rules.