International Cricket Council on Tuesday, announced multiple changes to the existing template of how the sport to be played; the rule changes will affect all the three formats and will come to effect from September 28.

“Most of the changes to the ICC playing conditions are being made as a result of changes to the Laws of Cricket that have been announced by the MCC. We have just completed a workshop with the umpires to ensure they understand all of the changes and we are now ready to introduce the new playing conditions to international matches,” said ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice.

The change will come to effect for the Bangladesh-South Africa and Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series while the ongoing India-Australia series will be the last to have the old rules.

Bat size:

The bat size to be reduced!

In order to maintain the balance between the bat and the ball, the players will no longer be allowed to use bats with edges more than 40mm while the depth of the bat cannot be more than 67mm. To check the bat’s legality, Umpires will be given a bat gauge.

Players can be sent-off:

No more bad sledging!

The on-field officials will now have the power to send violent players from the field, either temporarily or permanently, and award penalty runs to the opposition.

DRS changes:

Changes in DRS

DRS will have welcome changes for many captains as the review will now not be lost by a team in case of a decision that remains unchanged due to ‘umpire’s call’.

In the test matches, there will only be 2 unsuccessful reviews for each innings and no more top-ups after 80 overs of the innings.

DRS can be used in the T20Is from now on.


Bouncing bat run-out!

The ‘bouncing bat run-outs’ has been a headache for the TV umpires for a long time now.

The batsman will not be given out if he goes beyond the crease but lost his contact to the ground due to his forward momentum and his willow goes on air at the time the stumps being disturbed. The same applies to the player who tries to regain his ground to avoid being stumped.


No beyond boundary catches!

The batsman can be out stumped, caught or run out even if the ball bounces off the fielders’ or keeper’s helmet.

For the catches at the boundary, the fielders should have taken off before the boundary line. If he fails, the runs go to the batsman.

Other rules:

-The byes, leg-byes on no-ball will be counted separately and not as no-balls.


-The bowler who deliberately bowls a front foot no-ball can be barred from bowling for the rest of the innings.

Deliberate no-balls!

-Distracting, making deliberate physical contact or throwing the ball at the opponent will now result in penalty and 5 runs will be awarded to the opponent immediately.

Penalty runs!

-Substitute wicketkeepers are allowed from outside the playing XI

Substitute wicket keepers is a plus!

-It will be a no-ball and not a dead ball if the ball bounces more than once before reaching the popping crease.


-Any cloth that is used to dry the ball will now need prior approval from the umpires.

Towel needs approval!

-In a situation where the slow-motion replay shows that the ball kissed the pad and the bat simultaneously, it is to be considered as a not-out.