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.
Even though cricketers were penalised for misconduct on the field earlier, there were no guidelines in place to send them off. On the other hand, the referee has the power to give a red card to a player in football which means that he misses the rest of the game. “Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence all constitute Level 4 offences,” ICC clarified. For all the above-mentioned things, players can now be sent off from the field.
The ICC General Manager Cricket – Geoff Allardice explains the new playing conditions effective on series starting 28 September or later. pic.twitter.com/JsjZKBzN04
— ICC (@ICC) September 26, 2017
The rule will come into effect on September 28. All the series starting on this date or later will follow the revamped rules. However, the ongoing India vs Australia series will be played with the old rules. All of these rules will come into effect from the two upcoming Test series: when South Africa host Bangladesh and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.
Apart from this, ICC has included a restriction on the dimensions of the bat and changes to the Decision Review System. The playing conditions will now incorporate the relevant clauses from the MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 Code), meaning that all the playing regulations will be captured in one document for each format.
“Most of the changes to the ICC playing conditions are being made as a result of changes to the Laws of Cricket that have been announced by the MCC. We have just completed a workshop with the umpires to ensure they understand all of the changes and we are now ready to introduce the new playing conditions to international matches,” ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice said.