Law 23 Changes
Changes | Reason for change
Changes to the Law are in italics
The ball becomes dead when
(x) the match is concluded in any of the ways stated in Law 16.9 (Conclusion of match).
Law 23.4(b) Either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball when
(ix) the ball does not leave the bowler’s hand for any reason other than an attempt to run out the non-striker under Law 42.15 (Bowler attempting to run out non-striker before delivery).
Reason for change
A new clause has been added, stating explicitly what is already implicit in the Law, namely that the ball becomes dead at the conclusion of the match. The ways in which the match will be concluded are already listed in Law 16.9.
There is a clarification in 23.4(b)(ix) that, unless there is an attempt to run out the non-striker under Law 42.15 (Bowler attempting to run out non-striker before delivery), the umpire should call and signal Dead ball if the bowler does not release the ball.
This will apply to situations under the new Law 24.6 (see below), when the bowler breaks the wicket during delivery. If the bowler does break the wicket in this way but does not release the ball, Dead ball should be called.