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The Cricket rules keep on changing depending upon the situation and environment. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday evening released the new code of laws. This is after the submission of a report by its sub-committee last week that has recommended some changes for the 2022 Code. The new rules, the MCC said, will come into force from October 1, 2022. However, the new significant changes are made for the first time since 2017. Here is the list of changes made by MCC.

Law 38.3 – Moving the running out of the non-striker

This is one of the most controversial dismissals in cricket, ‘Mankad’. Mankading (named after Indian international Vinoo Mankad) is the informal name given to running out the non-striking batsman while he is backing up.

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So to put an end to the controversial rule now it has been changed into an official mode of dismissal and will not be considered ‘unfair play. The MCC has moved Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – to Law 38 (Runout) from Law 41 (Unfair play).

Law 41.3 – No saliva

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to make changes in their rule book. It has also compelled the MCC to make changes in their rule book too. As a precautionary measure applying saliva to the ball was no longer permitted.

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Moreover, MCC’s research found that applying saliva has little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting. Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective.

Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side

Earlier, any player of the fielding side who moved unfairly was punished only with a ‘Dead ball’ – potentially canceling a perfectly good shot by the batter. But now the batting side will be awarded 5 Penalty runs.

Law – Dead ball

Several changes have been to the Dead ball Law too. If either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal, or another object within the field of play. From a pitch invader to a dog running onto the field, sometimes there is outside interference. The umpires will call and signal Dead ball.

Law 18 – Batters returning when caught

Law 18.11 has now been changed. When a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end of the striker even if the non-striker has crossed the half-pitch while the ball is being caught.

Law 1 – Replacement players

A new clause has been introduced, Law 1.3.  This new clause says that replacements are to be treated as if they were the player they replaced, inheriting any sanctions or dismissals that the player has done in that match.

Law 21.4- Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery if a bowler throws the ball in an attempt to run out the striker before entering their delivery stride, it will now be the Dead ball.

Law 22.1- Judging a Wide

The MCC has also changed Law 22.1 to change the unfair advantage a batsman gets by moving laterally around the crease before the ball is bowled.

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Now, a wide will be applied “to where the batter is standing, where the striker has stood at any point since the bowler began their run-up, and which would also have passed wide of the striker in a normal batting position.”

Law 25.8- Striker’s right to play ball

The MCC said the new law – Law 25.8 – will allow the batsman to play the ball as long as “some part of their bat or person remains within the pitch.” It said if a batsman ventures beyond that, then the umpire will call it a dead ball.

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