The International Cricket Council (ICC) have considered the new Laws of Cricket (2017 Code) and has recommended the adoption of the majority of changes to the Laws.
Following its annual meeting held in London on 23 and 24 May, the ICC Cricket Committee have decided to recommend giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct.
All other offences would continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.
Other major changes to the Laws, that will be adopted by the ICC, include the restriction on bat dimensions (the thickness of edges and depth of bat) which will be an edge limit of 40mm and bat depth of 67mm (60mm for the depth plus an allowance of 7mm for a possible curve on the face of the bat).
Also the new approved Law changes recommend that a batsman will have made his or her ground when a bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease by a running or diving batsman.
If the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee approves these recommended changes, the new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from 1 October.
Anil Kumble, Chair of the Cricket Committee said: “We have adopted the majority of the new Laws of the game introduced by the MCC including the size of bats and this will help the balance between bat and ball.”
In March, MCC, then guardians of the Laws of Cricket, confirmed a new Code of Laws, the first since 2000, will come into effect from 1 October 2017.
You can read a summary as well as the new Laws of Cricket in full here.
The composition of the ICC Cricket Committee is as below:
Anil Kumble (Chairman)