ICC Committee against powerplay between 16th and 40th overs
London: The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended discontinuance of the rule of taking powerplays between 16th and 40th overs in ODIs, saying that it has made little impact in making the shorter format attacking.
The Committee, in its May 30-31 meeting at the Lord`s here, also decided against replacing Duckworth-Lewis method by VJD calculation of targets in rain-curtailed matches developed by an Indian, V Jayadevan.
At last year`s ICC Cricket Committee meeting, it was decided that batting and bowling powerplays would be taken between the 16th and 40th overs and the teams were required to use two new balls, one from each end. These were aimed at making ODI cricket more attacking, both from a batting and bowling perspective, especially during the middle overs.
The committee at its Lord`s meeting said while the use of two new balls had proven successful, the shift of powerplays between 16th and 40th overs had made little impact.
The committee recommended that powerplays 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 would be allowed outside the 30 yard circle.
They also recommended to increase the number of permitted short pitched deliveries from one to two per over.
"The changes will help enhance what is still an exceptionally popular form of the game. There is though a need to develop a strong identity for the 50-over game distinct from Twenty20 cricket," David Richardson, ICC General Manager ? Cricket, said in an ICC release.
"The committee was mindful of the need to avoid continual changes but was determined to complete the process initiated last year to enhance the format...These recommendations for ODI cricket ... Will help create an even more attractive spectacle as we approach the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," he said.
The committee considered the proposal by Jayadevan for his calculation of target scores to be adopted in place of the current Duckworth/Lewis method but "unanimously agreed that there was no evidence of any significant flaws in the D/L method nor did the committee believe that any improvements could be offered by the VJD method".
Therefore, the committee decided to continue with the D/L as the preferred method of calculating target scores in reduced limited overs matches.
The committee also recommended that suspended players should not be allowed onto the field of play once a game has started as well as a stricter approach to the enforcement of the regulations covering substitute fielders.
They also noted that there were still instances of non-strikers leaving their crease before the bowler has released the ball. They said that this was considered unfair play and that a bowler remains entitled to run out the batsman if he continues to transgress.
In an attempt to further improve over rates, the committee also agreed that 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.
The committee also carried out its annual review of the Decision Review System and re-iterated that, depending on the ability to finance the technology, DRS should be implemented universally in Test and ODI cricket.
The Committee heard that once again there was a significant improvement in decision making in matches where DRS was being used.
In Test matches, the increase in correct decisions was 4.27 per cent and in ODIs was 5.01 per cent producing an overall improvement of 4.49 per cent to 98.26 per cent.