Changes to rules

The MCC accepted the Men's Cricket Committee's recommendations to the playing conditions in the MCC's 3rd Edition of the Code of the Laws of Cricket.

What are these changes?

These changes will take effect on October 1, 2022, and will also cover the T20 World Cup.
Here are some of the changes.

The rule that disallowed using saliva on the ball came into play when cricket resumed after a break in July 2020 and will now be made permanent.

Use of saliva

When a batter is Caught, the new batter will come at the striker's end, regardless of whether the batters crossed prior to the catch being taken.

Batters returning when caught

An incoming batter will now be required to be ready to take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs, reducing from the initial 3 minutes.

Incoming batter rules

Any ball which would force the batter to leave the pitch will be called No ball. And some part of their bat or person needs to remain on the pitch.

Striker’s right to play the ball

Unfair movement by fielding side

Unfair and movement while the bowler is running could result in awarding five penalty runs to the batting side, in addition to a call of Dead ball.

The Playing Conditions follow the Laws in moving this method of effecting a Run out from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section. 

Mankanding officially legal

Previously, a bowler seeing a batter advancing down the wicket before entering the delivery stride could attempt to Run out the striker. This will now be a Dead ball.

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end

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