Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) board on Monday approved amendments to the playing conditions for Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals, the most striking of which was giving a green signal to the day-night Tests with coloured balls.
The new rules, which were okayed following proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting in London in May, will come into effect with the series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which starts with the one-off T20 international at Pallekele on Tuesday, October 30.
Australia and England have been experimenting playing Tests under floodlights, but with the ICC approving it, day-night Tests have got an official nod. However, the ICC left it to the member boards to decide on the type and colour of the ball to be used.
"Participating countries may agree to play day/night Test matches. The home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day while the two boards will also decide on the precise brand, type and colour of ball to be used for the match," the game's apex body said in a statement.
"It is important to note that the playing conditions are applicable to international cricket and must be read together with the Laws of Cricket. Whilst a playing condition may affect the Laws of Cricket as they may apply to international cricket, these changes are not amendments to the Laws of Cricket themselves," the statement added.
Here are some of the key changes:
1. Lunch and Tea intervals in Tests can now be of 30 minutes each subject to ICC approval, rather than 40 minutes and 20 minutes.
2. Teams can agree to play day/night Tests subject to deciding on brand, type and colour of ball.
1. Only two blocks of Powerplays in ODIs will apply with first one being mandatory for the first 10 overs
2. The second five-over batting Powerplay (in an uninterrupted innings) in an ODI will have to be completed by the 40th over