The International Cricket Council (ICC) has brought in changes in both men’s and women’s T20I Playing Conditions. The ICC has added an in-game penalty for slow overrates, which will take effect this month.
The modified playing conditions include optional refreshments interlude midway through the innings in bilateral T20 international cricket, as well as an in-match penalty for slow over rates in men’s and women’s Twenty20 Internationals.
The over rate rules are outlined in clause 13.8 of the playing conditions, which states that a fielding side must be ready to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the planned or rescheduled end of the innings time. If they aren’t in this position, one fewer fielder will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle for the rest of the innings.
The ICC took a page from the ECB’s book, which imposed a similar regulation in the Hundred’s maiden season last July. According to the ICC, it was copied after reading accounts of its efficiency in improving the speed of the shortest format. In addition to the existing ICC sanctions for slow overrate, this in-game penalty will be imposed.
Another modification in the T20I Playing Conditions is that at the halfway point of each inning, an optional refreshments break of two minutes and thirty seconds may be taken, subject to agreement by Members at the start of each series.
The one-off tie between the West Indies and Ireland at Sabina Park in Jamaica on 16 January will be the first men’s match played under the new playing conditions, while the first T20I of the three-match series between South Africa and the West Indies in Centurion on 18 January will be the first women’s match played under the new playing conditions.