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As the ICC announces new Playing Conditions, a new batter will take strike within two minutes in Tests and ODIs

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced several changes to its Playing Conditions after the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) ratified recommendations from the Sourav Ganguly-led Men’s Cricket Committee, which discussed the MCC’s updated 3rd Edition of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket and shared its conclusions with the Women’s Cricket Committee, which endorsed the recommendations to the CEC.

Batters returning when caught: When a batter is caught out, the replacement batter will come in at the end where the striker was, regardless of whether the batter crossed before the catch was taken.

Use of saliva to polish the ball:  This restriction has been in force in international cricket for almost two years as a Covid-related interim measure, and it is regarded suitable for the ban to be made permanent.

Incoming batter ready to face the ball:  In Tests and ODIs, an entering batsman must now be ready to take a strike within two minutes, while the present T20I barrier of ninety seconds remains unaltered.

Striker’s right to play the ball: This is limited such that some portion of their bat or body must stay inside the pitch. If they go any farther, the umpire will call and signify a Dead ball. Any ball that forces the hitter to leave the pitch is sometimes referred to as a No ball.

Unfair movement by the fielding side:  Any unfair and purposeful movement by the bowler when racing towards the bowl may now result in the umpire giving the batting side five penalty runs in addition to a decision of Dead ball.

Running out of the non-striker:  The Playing Conditions, in accordance with the Laws, move this technique of accomplishing a Run out from the ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section.

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery:  Previously, a bowler might toss the ball to try to run out the striker if they spotted the batter advance down the wicket before commencing their delivery stride. This is now known as a Dead ball practice.

Other major decisions: After the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League in 2023, the in-match penalty introduced in T20Is in January 2022 (in which failure of a fielding team to bowl their overs by the scheduled cessation time results in an additional fielder being brought inside the fielding circle for the remaining overs of the innings) will now be implemented in ODI matches.