ODI rule changes could come in early

The changes to be made to ODI cricket by the International Cricket Council could come in early if the Indian and Australian Cricket Boards agree.

The changes to be made to ODIs are listed below and are scheduled to come into force on October 1st, but with the India/Australia ODI series starting on 29th September, the two cricket boards have a decision to make on whether to adopt them early or not.

  • An additional fielder will be allowed outside the fielding circle during the second or third power play.

  • If an ODI innings is reduced, the numbers of overs making up each of the three Powerplays shall be reduced proportionately.

  • If a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball in a ODI, the following delivery will be deemed a free hit and the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler from that delivery.

  • There will be a mandatory change of ball after 35 overs of each innings in a ODI; the replacement will be a clean used ball.

  • Minimum boundary sizes in all international matches will be increased with the square boundary measuring at least 150 yards from one side of the ground to the other (minimum 65 yards on one side; previous total minimum size was 140 yards); and the straight boundaries 70 yards at both ends (previous minimum was 65 yards); maximum boundaries to be used allowing for three yards between boundary rope and advertising boards up to a maximum of 90 yards from the centre of the pitch.

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