The International Cricket Council today announced a host of rule changes, including a major change in the sport’s most controversial layoff.
The bowler’s run out of a non-striker coming out of his fold has now been legitimized after being moved from the ‘Unfair Play’ section of the rules to the ‘Running’ section.
“Turning off a non-rush hour for backing up too much is now considered a normal runout,” the ICC said.
The sack was famously dubbed the “Mankad,” named after the Indian bowler who defeated Australian batsman Bill Brown in the 1948 Sydney Test, and has sparked debate just about every time it has been used since.
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Indian spin star Ravi Ashwin is a notable supporter of the infamous firing, which has long been seen as an act of sportsmanship. He first sacked an international-level batsman in a 2012 ODI against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, before unleashing another global storm by sacking England star batter Jos Buttler in the 2019 Indian Premier League.
But in an effort to acknowledge shifting sentiment towards the action, the global agency has now made a decisive statement with the latest rule update.
Next month’s T20 World Cup in Australia will be the first major tournament to be played under the new playing conditions.
In other rule changes that go into effect around the world on October 1, a new batter will face the next batter at the batter’s end — even if the fired batters crossed the ends before there was a flyout.
“Back in the day, if the batters crossed before a flyout was made, the new batter would be at the end of the non-striker,” ICC said.
A temporary ban on the use of saliva to make cricket balls shine has been made permanent, while the time limit for incoming batters has been shortened.
The time to strike in Tests and one-day internationals has now been reduced from three minutes to two, while in T20 internationals it remains at 90 seconds.
One of the other new rules says that if field players make unfair and deliberate moves while the bowler is running towards the bowl, the batting side can get five penalty runs.
The ICC said the ban on saliva shining on one side of the ball to swing it through the air, introduced in May 2020 as a temporary measure to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, would remain in place.
“The ban on the use of saliva has been in effect in international cricket for more than two years as a temporary measure related to Covid and it is considered appropriate to make the ban permanent,” an ICC statement said.
Bowlers are no longer allowed to attempt to run the batter out by going down the wicket before entering their bowling pass and throwing at the stumps. If they make such an effort, it is called a dead ball.
Another change allows the use of hybrid fields on all Men’s and Women’s One Day and Twenty20 Internationals.
Hybrid pitches, a mix of natural and synthetic turf, were previously only used in women’s T20 internationals.