The International Cricket Council (ICC) have decided to introduce stop clock in white-ball format on a trial basis to curb the slow over-rate that has been a persistent problem in shorter formats.
The ICC Board met today in Ahmedabad and made some key decisions in the meeting, including a plan to bring harsher punishments for slow-over rates.
The Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) agreed to introduce a stop clock on a trial basis in men’s ODI and T20I cricket from December 2023 to April 2024.
The clock will be used to regulate the amount of time taken between overs. If the bowling team is not ready to bowl the next over within a minute of the previous over being completed, a 5-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings.
The ICC Board also approved amendments to pitch and outfield monitoring regulations. The governing body has increased the threshold for when a venue could have its international status removed from five demerit points to six demerit points.
Furthermore, in a move towards players safety, the ICC has introduced new gender eligibility regulations for the international game. According to the new policy, individuals who have undergone any form of male puberty, regardless of subsequent surgery or gender reassignment treatment, will not be eligible to participate in international women’s cricket.