In an effort to crack down on time-wasting by bowling teams, a major rule change will be trialled by England's ODI cricket side during their upcoming tour of the Caribbean. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a "shot clock" for men's limited-overs internationals, which will impose in-game punishments for teams that fail to adhere to the new legislation.
How the 'Shot Clock' Works
Under the new rules, fielding teams will be allowed 60 seconds between the end of the previous over and the start of the new over. If a team exceeds this time limit three times in an innings, they will be hit with a five-run penalty. The concept is similar to the shot clock used in tennis, where players have 25 seconds between points.
Ricky Ponting's View
Ricky Ponting, a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, emphasized the importance of minimizing dead time in the game. He stated, "At the end of the over, the fielders and bowlers have to be back in position and ready to bowl at a certain time. That is a non-negotiable."
Trial Period and Potential Permanent Incorporation
The ICC trial of the 'shot clock' will run from December to April, with the possibility of making it a permanent part of the game. England's tour of the West Indies in December will be the first opportunity to test the new rule.
Impact on England Cricket Team
England's cricket team, led by Jos Buttler, will play three one-day internationals and five T20 matches during their tour of the Caribbean. All eight matches will utilize the 'shot clock' as part of the trial. The first match, taking place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, will mark England's return to international cricket since their disappointing performance in the World Cup.
World Cup Recap
England's campaign in the World Cup was underwhelming, winning only three out of nine matches and finishing seventh in the group stage. Despite their lackluster performance, they managed to secure a spot in the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy. Australia emerged as the champions, defeating the hosts in the final with a convincing six-wicket victory.
Sri Lanka's Suspension Terms
In other news, the ICC has announced the terms of Sri Lanka's suspension. While the country will still be allowed to participate in international matches, including the upcoming Test series against England, funding to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board will be overseen by the ICC. Additionally, the 2024 men's Under-19 World Cup, originally scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka, has been relocated to South Africa.