Cricketers confused by new ICC playing rules

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 09, 2017 00:42 hrs
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The International Cricket Council's new playing condition rules have left both the Indian and Australian cricketers confused after it was applied in the rain-hit first Twenty20 International in Ranchi on Saturday.

Australian opener Aaron Finch said it was strange that the rules were "mixed and matched" for the T20I series, while his Indian counterpart Shikhar Dhawan too admitted of being "unaware" of the changes.

According to ICC's new playing conditions for shortened games that came into effect on September 28, DRS would now be used in T20Is in addition to Tests and ODIs.

The rules also state that if a game is reduced to less than 10 overs, the maximum quota of overs per bowler shall not be less than two, which means in a six-over match, three bowlers will be able to bowl two overs each.

However, only Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled two overs while Jason Beherendoff, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Dan Christian sent down one over each during India's 48-run chase in six overs in the rain-curtailed match on Saturday.

After playing the ODI series against India with the old rules, many are finding the crossover of rules for the series challenging. "I didn't know there was a review system until about the fifth over. Nobody did until Steve Smith mentioned it when he ran out a drink. So, we had to ask the umpires. But it is quite strange to have a crossover of rules for this series. I mean bat sizes and things like that are coming in at the end of the series," said Finch

The rules forbidding sledging is very anti aussie. Aussies will find it difficult to play with new rules.

"The over situation with a shortened game - three bowlers being allowed to bowl two overs - but DRS was in for this. It didn't have any effect on the game. I just thought it was quite odd to have mixed and matched the rules for this series," he said.

Dhawan too seemed confused about the rules. "I'm sure they (Australia) would have felt the inconsistency. But it's the rule afterall. I'm not exactly aware of the rule you were talking about. But, it is what it is," he said during India's post-match news conference.

Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli was baffled by the Duckworth Lewis System target of 48 during the rain-hit game.

"We don't really understand the Duckworth Lewis method. After getting them down to 118, we thought it would only be 40 or something. 48 was tricky," said Kohli who thought the DLS target for India would be less than 40 after restricting Australia to 118 for eight.

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