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Summary of new Laws of Cricket released

The new code takes effect in October
The new code takes effect in October

MCC has today issued a summary document outlining all the changes to the Laws of Cricket that will come into effect around the world on 1 October 2017.

The MCC Committee's recent approval of these new Laws will see a new Code introduced into the game for the first time since 2000.

The summary document explains all changes to the new, re-ordered Laws following a near three-year project overseen by the Club's Laws sub-committee, which involved numerous trials and widespread global consultation throughout the professional and amateur game.

The significant changes to the 42 Laws are as follows:

  • Now written in language applying to all persons, regardless of gender.
  • The Handled the ball Law has been deleted, with its contents merged into Obstructing the field.
  • The Lost ball Law has been deleted and is now covered under Dead ball.
  • Limits placed on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat.
  • Injuries hoped to be prevented in a new Law which allow mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps.
  • Bowling of deliberate front foot No balls to be treated in same way as deliberate full-tosses.
  • A new Law of the game, Players’ conduct, is introduced, giving an in-match consequence for poor on-field behaviour.
  • The Law regarding running out the non-striker has been altered.
  • 'Bouncing bat’ Law changed, substitutes now allowed to keep wicket and concept of penalty time amended.

Fraser Stewart, MCC's Laws Manager, explained the guiding principles behind all the changes.

He said: ""MCC has left no stone unturned in researching and redrafting the new Laws of Cricket and has done so in order to make the Laws work in a way that makes sense to players, umpires and spectators.

"The Laws are applicable worldwide so they need to be as simple as possible to understand and inclusive to all. The Club hopes to encourage interest in the game at all levels and believes these new Laws are reflective of the present time and easier for cricketers and umpires to interpret."

The summary changes to the Laws of Cricket 2017 Code can be viewed here.

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The redrafting process has taken nearly three years and has been led by a Laws Drafting Group comprising John Stephenson, Fraser Stewart, Mark Williams, Stan Bennett, John Jameson, Deborah Burns and Alan Fordham. Simon Taufel has provided valuable input via email and occasionally at meetings.

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