CHENNAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC), has made a few changes to the limited-overs game rules to maintain a balance between the Batman and a bowler. Accordingly, the ICC has decided to scrap the batting power play in the limited overs cricket (ODI).
The changes were made keeping in view of the 400 plus scores in ODI’s, in the recent times. There was an argument that the game was not in a balanced state, as the Batmen were provided with an extra edge through Batting power play, fielding restrictions etc.
Hence, The ICC has decided to scrap the Batting power play completely, which is usually taken in between 36-40 overs. The Batsman used to utilize the scenario, in which only 3 fielders are allowed outside the circle. There after, it was more lucrative for the Batsmen in the slog overs(40-50), where only 4 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
These advantages have helped the teams score heavy targets especially in the sub-continents. The ICC has checked the issue by allowing five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last 10 overs, also called the slog overs. Other notable changes include doing away with the rule of placing two fielders at catching points in the mandatory powerplay(1-10 overs).
Former bowlers have welcomed the new rules, stating that it would allow for a more aggressive game. India bowler Vinay Kumar said, “allowing a extra fielder in the death overs would definitely help us to bowl more aggressively than before. It will now balance the game more than that it was before”, the Times of India reports.