The International Cricket Council announced that a slow overrate in any T20 Internationals will result in a less fielder outside the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of that innings, implying from this month only. ICC has also introduced an optional drinks interval midway through the innings in a bilateral T20 international cricket.
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“The over rate regulations are captured in clause 13.8 of the playing conditions, which stipulate that a fielding side must be in a position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings. If they are not in such a position, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings,” as per the ICC official statement.
— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) January 7, 2022
This new slow over-rate condition was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, whose main aim is to improve the pace of the play in all formats.
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The first men’s match to be played under the new playing conditions will be between West Indies and Ireland at the Sabina Park in Jamaica on January 16. Following that the first women’s match will be a 3 match series between South Africa and the West Indies in Centurion on January 18.