Australia’s upcoming tour to India which is scheduled from September 17 to October 13 will be played as per existing ICC rules despite new rules coming to force from September 28. The men in blue will play as per the new rules when New Zealand visits India.
The new set rules affecting the code of conduct, DRS usage, and size of bats were scheduled to be implemented from October 1 but, with twin test series starting from September 28 it has been decided to implement the new set of rules from September 28 itself.
The Aussies are scheduled to play five ODI’s and three T-20I’s which will continue till the mid of October. The International Cricket Council has decided to conduct this series as per the old rules to avoid any sort of confusion.
A BCCI official said, “Yes, the rules will come into effect when the double header Tests (Sri Lanka vs Pakistan and Bangladesh vs South Africa starts) start on September 28. The Australia vs India and England vs West Indies limited overs series both start on September 17. While both the series will continue into October but you don’t want any confusion with regards to a different set of rules followed in the same series. Hence, this decision by the ICC.”
As per the new rules laid by ICC, no teams will lose their review of a leg before referral returns as ‘Umpires Call’. ICC has also decided to remove the current rule of getting a top-up of reviews after 80 overs. ICC has introduced a new rule which allows the umpire to sent off any player for misconduct including violence.
Apart from changes in bat size and weight, the batsman will not be given out from now onwards if the bat is in the air after crossing the ground.