In the recent Annual Conference of ICC in Dublin, the 75th, a number of important decisions regarding the codes of conduct were put forth. Also, several important conclusions were made regarding the World Championship, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka Cricket boards and 2018 Women Asia Cup. The changes in the codes of conduct were proposed by the Chief Executives’ Committee and the Cricket Committee. The proposals were accepted and hence, they will roll out as new codes.
The changes include offences like Personal Abuse and Audible Obscenity. Additionally, the level of punishment for changing the condition of ball is being changed to Level 3 from Level 2. Apart from this, the sanctions imposed in Level 3 as well as Level 2 are also increased. Now, any Level 3 offence will attract 12 suspension points in contrast to previously held 8 points. 12 points is equivalent to ban in 6 Tests or 12 ODIs.
Thus, in a nutshell, if found guilty of changing the condition of ball, a player will be suspended from 6 Tests or 12 ODIs. The new rules gave match referees the power to hear any charges from Level 1 to Level 3. While, any Level 4 offence will be heard by the Judicial Commissioner. Another change was in guidelines for stump microphone. Now, the audio will be broadcast anytime, even when the ball is dead.
Per Shashank Manohar, the meetings in Dublin has been productive. He said, it was good to have all ICC members in the Annual Conference. The Chairman added that a strong deterrent to both players and administrators is vital to ensure a high standard of conduct in the game. He said, billions of fans should not be given any reason to doubt the high levels of integrity within the sport.
In the meeting, it was decided that all World Championships will be played over five days. However, members are allowed to pursue four-day cricket, bit it will not be a part of the championship. Zimbabwe Cricket received a special attention in the meeting. ICC arranged new financing model get Zimbabwe Cricket back on tract. ICC gave Sri Lanka Cricket six-months to conduct fair elections. Else, ICC will reconsider the board’s membership status. An important decision in Women Cricket was to grant international status to all T20 matches played between member nations after July 1, 2018.
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