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Stop Clock: ICC Introduces Innovative Measure to Regulate Pace of Play

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The ICC plans to introduce a new rule to control the speed of play in cricket matches. They will experiment with a stop clock between overs, and if the bowling team fails to start a new over within a minute on three occasions in an innings, they will face a penalty of five runs.

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This change will only apply to men’s ODIs and T20Is and will be tested for six months starting from December 2023 until April 2024. The first implementation of this rule will be seen in the upcoming three-match ODI series between West Indies and England, commencing on December 3

In a recent media release, the ICC stated

“The clock will be used to regulate the amount of time taken between overs. If the bowling team is not ready to bowl the next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed, a five-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings.”

The use of a stop clock in sports is not uncommon, as seen in tennis with the implementation of a ‘shot clock’ that allows players 25 seconds to prepare for their serves between points.

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In 2018, the World Cricket Committee of the MCC, comprising renowned former international captains such as Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, and Kumar Sangakkara, suggested the use of a similar ‘shot clock’ to address slow over rates in all formats of the game. The committee proposed that the ‘shot clock’ be employed during periods of inactivity in a match.

Ponting had clarified that the clock would not be functioning while an over was in progress.

It is the dead time in the game, so at the end of the over the fielders and the bowlers have to be back in the position and ready to bowl at a certain time. That is a non-negotiable. The same with the new batsman coming to the crease – the bowling team has to be ready when the batsman gets there and he has had certain amount of time.

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