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ICC amends ODI rules; suspends USA Cricket Association

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The changes made by ICC are:

  • No catchers in the first 10 overs
  • No batting powerplay
  • Five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last ten overs
  • All “no balls” and not just over-stepping by the bowlers will result in a free hit in both ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.

During its Annual Conference the ICC board adopted these recommendations made by the ICC’s cricket committee headed by the former India captain Anil Kumble in Mumbai this May.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “We have thoroughly reviewed the ODI format after a very successful ICC Cricket World Cup. There was no need to make any radical changes to what has proved to be a vibrant and popular format but we wanted to take this opportunity to make the format simpler and easier to follow for the public as well as maintaining a balance between bat and ball.”

The ICC have tried to ensure that ODI cricket retains the attacking, aggressive and thrilling brand in making these adjustments. This has recently become the hallmark of 50-over cricket and sets us on a positive path to the next World Cup in England in 2019.

The ICC Board has also decided to suspend the membership of the USA Cricket Association (USACA) with immediate effect.

This decision was made after considering the findings of a recently constituted Review Group report to the ICC Board on the Status and Activities of USACA.