New Rules of ODI or One Day International Cricket

The rules of One Day International Cricket are changed gradually. We have seen it years after years. Cricket was born in 19th century with its only form named the Test Cricket. But now there are new forms of Cricket such as One Day International (ODI), Twenty Twenty Cricket (T20). People are enjoying all three variations of Cricket. However, ODI and T20 are more popular in our sub-continent. New rules of ODI cricket were exercised in the match between Bangladesh vs. West Indies on 13th October 2011. These rules were never exercised before.

New Rules of ODI Cricket

1. A new ball has to be bowled from each side which will be used for at most 25 overs.

2. Batting (5 over) and bowling (5 over) power play have to be taken from 16th to 40th over.

3. A batsman cannot take a runner if he gets injured.

Advantages and disadvantages of the new rules

These new rules comes with a few advantages as well as disadvantages. A ball cannot be used for more than 25 overs. So the fast bowlers get more benefit from that, but spinners face some problem to spin the ball now as it spins more when it’s older or used for longer time. Moreover the fast bowler cannot produce reverse-swing owing to the new ball.

During the batting or bowling power play maximum 3 fielders can be outside of the 30 yard circle. So for the mandatory power play within 16th to 40th over, the game will be more competitive.

Now a batsman cannot take a runner even if he gets injured. It is a problem for the batting team because if a good player gets injured while playing, he has to go back to pavilion. He may resume playing if he finds himself fit to play again; but if he is not then the batting team has lost that batsman. On the positive side, batsman can no longer pretend to have injured himself while he is actually tired, so he can make use of a runner. Such cheating approaches are now being taken care of in the new rules.

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