Barbados: In a bid to restore balance between bat and ball, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the key rule changes affecting 50-over one-day and Twenty20 international matches will come into effect in July.
Following the conclusion of a run-feast World Cup this year, the ICC has decided that five fielders would be allowed outside the 30-yard circle between the 41st and 50th overs, rather than the current four in all series starting on or after July 5.
In addition to bringing rule amendments in fielding, the ICC confirmed that that there would be no compulsory catchers from the first to the 10th over in ODIs and no batting powerplays would be allowed between the 15th and 40th overs.
Meanwhile, all no-balls would result in a free hit along with the existing 'foot faults' in both ODI and T20 internationals.
Reflecting on the changes, ICC chief executive David Richardson said that they have thoroughly reviewed the ODI format after a very successful ICC Cricket World Cup.
Richardson stated that although there was no need to make any radical changes to what has proved to be a vibrant and popular format, they wanted to take this opportunity to make the format simpler and easier to follow for the public as well as maintaining a balance between bat and ball.
The former South African wicketkeeper added that while making these adjustments they have tried to ensure that ODI cricket retains the attacking, aggressive and thrilling brand, which has recently become the hallmark of 50-over cricket.