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Old 01-Oct-2011
Rules changes set to affect all three formats of the game

Dubai: Cricket's playing conditions will undergo many changes from today with the proposals suggested by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee for the changes being implemented in Tests, One-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.
From now on two new balls per innings will be used during One-dayers. The new balls will be used in alternate overs one from each end.
A runner for a batsman shall not be permitted in Tests, One-dayers and Twenty20 matches. In the changes, a runner shall not be permitted unless nine wickets are down, the injured or ill batsman has the option of retiring hurt and returning to bat at a later stage should the need and/ or opportunity arise.
A bowler attempting to run out a non-striker before the delivery has also been changed. From now on the bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.A better spectacle
David Richardson, the ICC General Manager (Cricket), said: "Some of the amendments are very simple, some of them are a little bit more complicated. But I think what they do is improve all formats of the game to make them a better spectacle for the fan watching."
Changes have also been brought about in obstructing the field. Under the new rule an umpire if he feels can declare the batsman out even if he has not significantly changed his direction of running. The calculation of period for which an injured or ill player has been absent from the field to return to action again has been changed. If a player is on the field but still has some unexpired penalty time remaining from a previous absence, he shall automatically be allowed to count any such stoppage time as playing time.
In one-day cricket the minimum interval has been increased from 20 to 30 minutes.
Significant changes have been brought about in Test matches too.

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