New ICC rules to be followed in first ODI

By Abhishek Roy

Bangalore, Sep 29 (IANS) The new experimental changes in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules regarding field placement and ball changes will come into effect in the first One-Day International between India and Australia here Saturday.

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The rules are supposed to come into effect from Oct 1 but will be in place from first day-night encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

According to the new rules approved by the ICC in June, an additional fielder will be allowed outside the fielding circle during the second or third Power Play, which is a shift from the existing two players.

If an innings in an ODI match is reduced, the numbers of overs making up each of the three Power Plays shall be reduced proportionately.

If a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball, the following delivery will be deemed a free hit and the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler from that delivery. He can only be run out.

There will be a mandatory change of the ball after 35 overs of each innings and the replacement will be a clean used ball.

The ICC has also increased the stipulated minimum boundary sizes for all international matches.