The Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) reached a major decision to regulate time taken between overs by introducing a stop clock in white ball cricket following their meeting in Ahmedabad following the 2023 ODI World Cup final.
Per a statement released by cricket’s world governing body on Tuesday, “CEC have agreed to introduce a stop clock on a trial basis in men’s ODI and T20I cricket from December 2023 to April 2024. The clock will be used to regulate the amount of time taken between overs. If the bowling team is not ready to bowl the next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed, a 5-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings.”
Among other alterations, “changes to the pitch and outfield monitoring regulations were also approved, including a simplification of the criteria against which a pitch is assessed and increasing the threshold for when a venue could have its international status removed from five demerit points to six demerit points over a five-year period.”
Another major rule approved was, “any player who has transitioned from male to female and has been through any form of male puberty will not be allowed to participate in women’s international cricket, regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment they may have undertaken.”
“It is based on the following principles (in order of priority), protection of the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness and inclusion,” the board stated in a release.
Earlier this year, Danielle McGahey of Canada had the first transgender player to feature in international cricket in the 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier.