International Cricket Council (ICC) added a new substitute fielder rule in order to bring some excitement in the game for spectators. From now on a substitute fielder will be allowed to bat and bowl both in serious condition subjected to match referee’s permission. It was decided during ICC’s annual meeting to bring innovation in the game.
After successfully implementing this rule for two years in domestic cricket, this rule will now be applied for the first time during Ashes series this year. this rule will help teams in serious situations.
Providing an extra benefit to the teams, a minor tweak has been done in the slow-over rate rule as captains will not face suspension for slow overrate. It will only cost players their ICC Test Championship points.
Another bold step was taken during the meeting of suspending Zimbabwe cricket citing extreme political interference in Zimbabwean cricket.
Chairman of ICC Shashank Manohar stated: “Zimbabwe Cricket have breached ICC’s constitution which is not bearable and that’s why they suspended them.”
It was also decided in the meeting to overview the overthrow rule which created a lot of controversy during the World Cup 2019 final.