Destigmatization of non-striker's run-out, updation of wide deliveries among news norms released by MCC

Destigmatization of non-striker’s run-out, updation of wide deliveries among news norms released by MCC

The committee has indeed made some major calls which can affect the dynamics of the game.

MS Dhoni run-out
MS Dhoni run-out. (Phooto Source: Getty Images)

In what can be called a major development, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has come up with the new set of rules which will be implemented from October 1, 2022. The committee has indeed made some major calls which can affect the dynamics of the game. As per the new norms, the new batter will be on strike even the players cross when the catch is taken. Also, there’s a permanent ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball.

Bowlers would be pretty pleased with the changes as umpires, after the implemention of the laws, will judge wides considering the stance of the batter. Hence, shuffling across the crease won’t earn extra runs for batters via wides. Also, penalty runs will be awarded to the batting team if any fielder is be deemed to have moved unfairly. Meanwhile, the decision to change the rule for caught dismissals has been inspired from ECB’s competition The Hundred.

According to the new rule, the new batter will on strike even if the players cross before the catch is completed. This rule has apparently been processed to further reward the bowler for taking a wicket. “Law 18.11 has now been changed so that, when a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end the striker was at, i.e. to face the next ball (unless it is the end of an over),” reads the new law.

MCC destigmatise non-striker run-outs

In order to break the stigma around the run-out at the non-striker’s end, MCC has moved the mode of dismissal from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out). “Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out). The wording of the Law remains the same,” states the law.

“The bowler is always painted as the villain but it is a legitimate way to dismiss someone and it is the non-striker who is stealing the ground,” Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, told the Times. “It is legitimate, it is a run-out and therefore it should live in the run-out section of the laws,” he added.

Here’s the list of changes suggested by MCC:

Law 1 – Replacement players

The introduction of a new clause, Law 1.3, explains that replacements are to be treated as if they were the player they replaced, inheriting any sanctions or dismissals that player has done in that match.

Law 18 – Batters returning when Caught

Trialled in The Hundred, Law 18.11 has been changed — when a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end the striker was at, i.e. to face the next ball (unless it is the end of an over). Attempt to cross over while a catch is being taken will have no impact.

Law 20.4.2. 12 – Dead ball

It will be a Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or other object within the field of play. From a pitch invader to a dog running onto the field, sometimes there is outside interference – if this is the case, and it has a material impact on the game, the umpires will call and signal Dead ball.

Law 21.4 – 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 Dead ball. This is an extremely rare scenario.

Law 22.1 – Judging a Wide

In the modern game, batters are, more than ever, moving laterally around the crease before the ball is bowled. It was felt unfair that a delivery might be called ‘Wide’ if it passes where the batter had stood as the bowler entered his/her delivery stride. Therefore, Law 22.1 has been amended so that a ‘Wide’ will apply 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 the ball

If the ball should land away from the pitch, the new Law 25.8 allows the striker to play the ball so long as some part of their bat or person remains within the pitch. Should they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball. As recompense to the batter, any ball which would force them to leave the pitch will also be called No ball.

Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side

Until now, any member of the fielding side who moved unfairly, was punished only with a ‘Dead ball’ – potentially cancelling a perfectly good shot by the batter. Given the action is both unfair and deliberate, it will now see the batting side awarded 5 Penalty runs.

Law 41.3 – No saliva 

When cricket resumed following the onset of Covid-19, playing conditions were written in most forms of the game stating that applying saliva to the ball was no longer permitted. MCC’s research found that this had 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. The new Laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair method of changing the condition of the ball.