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ICC recommends changes in One Day Cricket Format

London, 2 June 2012: The annual meeting of International Cricket Council held at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London on 30 and 31 May has recommended for changes in the format of the One Day Internationals, Decision Review System (DRS), Test match cricket etc. AS per the new rule, the fast bowlers can bowl two bouncers in an over instead of one and the bowling powerplay rule has been taken out.

Some of the major changes announced for the game is as follows
·ICC World Twenty20 being held every two years

·That the ICC World Twenty20s continue to be joint men's and women's events

·That the ICC World Twenty20 should be 16 men's team event from 2014 in order to encourage the development of the game

·That there should not be an ICC World U19 Twenty20

·Powerplays to be restricted to the first 10 overs plus one five over batting powerplay to be completed by the 40th over

·In a non-powerplay over only four fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle

·An increase in the number of permitted short pitched deliveries from one to two per over

·No drinks may be brought onto the field of play other than at the official drinks breaks, including at a review/referral of a decision

·Following a referral the batsmen and bowling side must be in a position to resume play as soon as the decision is made (assuming a not out decision)

·Any delays caused by the batting side will be deducted from the allowances granted to that team in the calculation of its over rate.

. Depending on the ability to finance the technology, that DRS should be implemented universally in Test and ODI cricket.

(with inputs from ICC press release)

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