However, the teams will play as per new laws when New Zealand tour India in mid-October.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to follow the old set of rules in the upcoming India-Australia series which is scheduled from September 17 to October 13. Despite the new ICC rules coming into effect from September 28, the matches will be played as per existing by rules, as per the report by PTI. However, the teams will play as per new laws when New Zealand tour India in mid-October.
The code of conduct, DRS usage, and size of the equipment were supposed to be implemented from October 1 as per the new rule. But as two Test series will start from September 28, it has been decided that it will come to effect from that very date. A BCCI official was quoted by PTI as saying, “While both the series will continue into October but you don’t want any confusion with regards to a different set of rules followed in the same series. Hence, this decision by the ICC.”
As per the new rules, if a leg-before referral returns as ‘Umpires’ Call’, the teams will no longer lose a review under DRS. While with the change in the DRS rule on umpires’ call, the current rule is set to be removed that allows the top-up of reviews after 80 overs in Test matches.
Apart from restrictions on bat dimensions that includes thickness of edges and depth of bat, the batsmen will not be considered out if the bat is in the air after crossing the crease.