In cricket’s latest attempt to regulate the pace of play, the ICC has announced it will trial stop clocks for men’s ODI and T20Is.
From December to April next year, five penalty runs will be imposed on the bowling side if they fail to start a new over within 60 seconds on three occasions during a match.
The ICC’s chief executives committee approved the rule change, which mimics the shot clock used in tennis matches.
“This move is part of a broader effort to improve the pace of the game and enhance the spectator experience,” the ICC said in a statement on Tuesday.
The stop clock won’t be enforced during Australia’s T20 series against India, which gets underway this week.
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Last year, the ICC introduced a penalty for fielding teams that failed to start the final over by the stipulated time in international white-ball matches, docking one fielder from outside the 30-yard circle.
The new rule changes don’t apply to Test matches, which have also seen a recent decline in overrates. During the recent Ashes series in the United Kingdom, England and Australia lost 19 and 10 World Test Championship points respectively for sloppiness in the field.
Two years earlier, Australia missed the 2021 World Test Championship final after losing points for a slow overrate during the 2020 Boxing Day Test against India at the MCG.