( By Raja Ibrar)International Cricket Council Chief Executive Dave Richardson, on Friday, announced significant changes to the One-Day International (ODI) playing conditions after discussing the ICC Cricket Committee’s recommendations at the ICC Annual Conference 2015 in Barbados. Chief among the changes instituted by ICC was the scrapping of the batting powerplay from the 50-over format.
The governing body of the sport notified that according to the new playing conditions, five fielders will now be allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle in the final 10 overs of the innings. So teams will essentially be allowed a maximum of two fielders outside the circle between overs one and ten while overs 11 to 40 would allow the stationing of four fielders outside the circle.
The new playing conditions, effective on or after 5th July 2015, also saw the absence of teams having to field compulsory catchers between overs one and ten while all no-balls, not just foot faults will henceforth result in a free-hit.
“We have thoroughly reviewed the ODI format after a very successful ICC Cricket World Cup,” Richarsdon said at the press conference. “There was no need to make any radical changes to what has proved to be a vibrant and popular format but we wanted to take this opportunity to make the format simpler and easier to follow for the public as well as maintaining a balance between bat and ball,” he added.
“In making these adjustments, we have tried to ensure that ODI cricket retains the attacking, aggressive and thrilling brand, which has recently become the hallmark of 50-over cricket and sets us on a positive path to the next World Cup in England in 2019.”
Revised Playing Conditions (In effect on or after 5th July 2015):
No compulsory catchers in overs 1-10 (ODIs)
No batting Powerplay between overs 15-40 (ODIs)
Five fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in overs 41-50 (ODIs)
All “no balls”, not just “foot faults”, to result in a free hit (ODIs & T20Is)