ICC adopts new 'no ball' law

Calcutta: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for Tests, one-day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals that instructs the umpires to call 'no ball' whenever a bowler breaks the non-striker's wicket during the act of delivery.

This playing condition will come into effect on April 30, and the first international to be played under the new regulation will be the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on May 3.

The change was prompted by England bowler Steven Finn who repeatedly broke the non-striker's end stumps against South Africa in 2012. In the Headingley Test, Graeme Smith complained that he was being distracted and the umpires decided to begin calling a dead-ball. Smith was subsequently caught at slip when Finn had broken the stumps and a dead-ball was called.

ICC's general manager (cricket), Geoff Allardice, said in a release: "The recent interpretation used in international matches to call 'dead ball' when a bowler breaks the wicket during a delivery has not adequately dealt with this situation.

"The Marylebone Cricket Club recently decided to address this issue by introducing a new 'No ball' Law from October 1, 2013. The ICC cricket committee noted the MCC's decision, and recommended that an ICC playing condition, mirroring the new No ball Law, be introduced to international cricket as early as possible."

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