ICC Recommended for Removing Bating PPS, Introducing Day/Night Test

According to an ICC release on Monday, the committee recommended the changes, as it felt that there were times towards the end of an ODI innings that bowlers and fielding captains appeared to have limited defensive options available to them.

It was also conscious that the playing regulations should be kept as simple as possible, and changes kept to a minimum.

The changes that were suggested would mean that, for the first 10 overs, there will be two fielders outside the circle, for the next 30 overs there will be four fielders out and for the last 10 overs, there will be five outside the circle.

The committee believed these changes will allow fielding captains greater freedom to both attack and defend when required.

A general discussion also took place about the balance between bat and ball, boundaries at international venues and durability of the white-ball seam.

The panel concluded that although the ICC will not introduce a regulation about the size of bats, it will provide input on this issue to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) through the consultation process ahead of the re-drafting of the Laws of Cricket in 2017.

The committee, headed by former India captain Anil Kumble, discussed the ODI playing conditions, code of conduct as far as player behaviour is concerned, illegal bowling actions, use of technology and helmet safety among other issues as well.

The committee is now also eager to see day/night Tests added to the international schedule, but the idea of reducing the longest format of the game to four days was not greeted with approval.

A statement on the ICC website said: “Day/Night Test matches were discussed at length (at Saturday’s meeting). The Cricket Committee also received a report from the MCC on the four-day first-class match played with pink balls in Abu Dhabi in March, and viewed the condition of the balls used in that match.

“As a result of the discussions, there will be a strong recommendation from the Cricket Committee to Member countries that they should identify opportunities to play Test matches that extend into the evening hours.

“There was also discussion on the concept of four-day Test cricket, and while the committee was not of the view that Tests should be shorter than five days, it acknowledged that the game will need to be open to considering proposals in the future that look to enhance the public appeal of cricket’s oldest format.”

The cricket committee’s remit is to discuss cricket playing matters and to make recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board that will meet in Barbados during the apex body’s annual conference week, from 22-26 June.