MCC Announces New Codes of Law for International Cricket 2022:
The Marylebone Cricket Club known as the MCC has made/amended some of the playing conditions and rules on Wednesday. The new codes of law will be in-effect from 1st October 2022. We have simplified the new changes for you below:
When the Covid-19 pandemic broke-out, the MCC had banned the use of saliva on the ball. Bowlers usually use the saliva to generate some swing. However after close observations, MCC found out in this period that not using the saliva did not affect the swing generated by the bowlers at all. Hence they have imposed a permanent restriction on using saliva on the cricket ball. Using saliva on the cricket ball will now be considered as ball tampering.
When a batsman is caught-out, the new batsman will now always come at the Striker’s end unless the previous batsman gets out on the last ball of the over. Earlier, if the batsmen had crossed during the catch then the next batsman had to come on the non-strikers end, however now the new batsman will always come to the batting end after the dismissal.
Mankad is when a bowler is in his delivery stride and he tries to run out the non-striker before delivering the ball if the non-striker is out of his crease. This rule was earlier named as Unfair Play however now it is moved to Law 38 as Run Out and it is no longer Unfair Play. This will encourage bowlers to do more mankads, or stay more vigilant about the non-striker getting out of his crease as the rule is no longer Unfair Play.
Unfair Movement by Bowling Side:
If there is any unfair movement by the fielders during the ball is being bowled, the batting side will be awarded 5 penalty runs. Earlier is such movement had happened, the ball was termed as “Dead Ball”.
Some other rule changes include the judging of a wide ball. As batsman make a lot of movement to play the new innovative shots, the wide ball will also be judged on the players movement or where he is standing while the ball is being bowled. If the batsman has moved close to the wide line during the delivery, then bowler will have some extra margin to bowl further wide off the crease. Another change was that batsman will be allowed to hit the ball if it lands away from the pitch, however the batter has to keep some part of himself or the bat within the pitch. Any ball which forces the batsman to leave the pitch or in other words, any delivery which is bowled outside the pitch will be termed No Ball.