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ICC to introduce No ball playing condition

ICC to introduce No ball playing condition

ICC has followed in MCC's footsteps by announcing that a new playing condition for international cricket will instruct umpires to call No ball when a bowler breaks the non-striker's wicket during the act of delivery.

The ICC Playing Condition, which covers all Tests, ODIs and t20 internationals, will come into effect from 30 April 2013.

The first match played under the new condition will be the ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on Friday 3 May.

MCC, the owners of the Laws of Cricket, made the decision to introduce a new No ball Law from 1 October 2013 on 21 February this year.

ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, said: "The recent interpretation used in international matches to call ‘Dead ball’ when a bowler breaks the wicket during a delivery has not adequately dealt with this situation.

"MCC recently decided to address this issue by introducing a new ‘No ball’ Law from 1 October 2013.

"The ICC Cricket Committee noted the MCC’s decision, and recommended that an ICC playing condition, mirroring the new No ball Law, be introduced to international cricket as early as possible."

The Club had anticipated ICC introducing the new playing condition prior to October.

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