The major change to the Playing Conditions has been revealed.


ICC new rules

The ICC has announced that from June 1, 2023 there will be a major change in the Playing Conditions, as well as other modifications.

After the ICC's Chief Executive Committee has adopted recommendations from a Men's and Women's cricket committee headed by Sourav Ganguly, an update to the playing conditions will be made available.

The most significant change was the removal of the soft signal and the elimination of the need for the umpires to give a soft signal when referring decisions to the TV umpire.

"Before any decisions are taken, the onfield officials shall consult with the TV Umpire," confirmed the ICC.

Over the past couple of years, there have been discussions about soft signals at cricket committee meetings," Ganguly said.

"The Committee considered this for a long time and concluded that soft signals were unnecessary and at times confusing, given that the referral of catches may be inconclusive in the replay."

ICC new rules

The other important announcement relates to the introduction of compulsory safety helmets for high risk positions. For the following reasons, helmets shall be compulsory: When the batters are faced with fast bowlers when wicketkeepers are standing up to the stumps when fielders are close to the batter in front of the wicket. "We've talked about player safety, which is something that we care for a lot," Ganguly said. "The Committee decided that to ensure the safety of players, it would be best for helmets to be worn in some positions."

The changes are to take effect on 1 June 2023 with Lord's Test, an annual four day one game of international cricket played in England and Ireland.

These new playing conditions shall be followed in the following World Test Championship Final, to be played between India and Australia on June 7.

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