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MCC announces New Code of Laws: Updated Cricket Laws Today

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of cricket laws today, announced its new code of laws for 2022

Cricket Laws Today: The guardian of the Laws of the game, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of cricket laws today, announced its new code of laws for 2022, making significant changes for the first time since 2017; the implementation of this will take place from October 1, 2022. The MCC has ratified as many as nine rule changes.

Custodians Of The Laws

MCC are the custodians of the Laws of Cricket and are responsible for the debating, decision making and drafting of the Laws.

One of MCC’s most important roles, which it has carried out since the club’s formation in 1787, is its custodianship of the laws of cricket. MCC announces New Code of Laws today with changes to the existing one and it will be effective from 1 october 2022.

New Code of Laws from 1 October 2022

New Code of Laws: Custodian of cricket laws, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has introduced the several amendments in the existing rules, which will be implemented from October 1, 2022.

MCC announces new Code of Laws

MCC has today announced its new code of Laws for 2022, which will come into force from 1 October. The alterations to the Laws of Cricket in October 2017 were the most significant that have been made for almost two decades.

The changes are intended to shape the game of cricket as it should be played. As listed below, there are several notable changes to the Laws of Cricket:

Law 1 – Replacement players

The introduction of a new clause, Law 1.3, explains that replacements are to be treated as if they were the player they replaced, inheriting any sanctions or dismissals that player has done in that match.

Law 18 – Batters returning when Caught

First trialled by the ECB in The Hundred at the suggestion of MCC, Law 18.11 has now been changed so that, when a batter is out Caught, the new batter shall come in at the end the striker was at, i.e. to face the next ball (unless it is the end of an over).

Law 20.4.2.12 – Dead ball

The new edition sees several changes to the Dead ball Law, the most significant of which is the calling of Dead ball if either side is disadvantaged by a person, animal or other object within the field of play.

From a pitch invader to a dog running onto the field, sometimes there is outside interference – if this is the case, and it has a material impact on the game, the umpires will call and signal Dead ball.

Law 21.4 – Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery

If a bowler throws the ball in an attempt to run out the striker before entering their delivery stride, it will now be Dead ball. This is an extremely rare scenario, which has until now been called as a No ball.

Law 22.1 – Judging a Wide

In the modern game, batters are, more than ever, moving laterally around the crease before the ball is bowled.

It was felt unfair that a delivery might be called ‘Wide’ if it passes where the batter had stood as the bowler entered his/her delivery stride. Therefore, Law 22.1 has been amended so that a Wide will apply to where the batter is standing, where the striker has stood at any point since the bowler began their run up, and which would also have passed wide of the striker in a normal batting position.

Law 25.8 – striker’s right to play the ball

If the ball should land away from the pitch, the new Law 25.8 allows the striker to play the ball so long as some part of their bat or person remains within the pitch. Should they venture beyond that, the umpire will call and signal Dead ball. As recompense to the batter, any ball which would force them to leave the pitch will also be called No ball.

Laws 27.4 and 28.6 – Unfair movement by the fielding side

Until now, any member of the fielding side who moved unfairly, was punished only with a ‘Dead ball’ – potentially cancelling a perfectly good shot by the batter. Given the action is both unfair and deliberate, it will now see the batting side awarded 5 Penalty runs.

Law 38.3 – moving the running out of the non-striker

One of the notable decisions taken by the MCC committee was the removal of run-out at the non-striker’s end from the ‘unfair play’ section. Apparently, MCC has moved the mode of dismissal from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out).

Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Run out). The wording of the Law remains the same.

The new code of Laws for 2022 rules will be seen being followed by players on cricket grounds from October 1.

Law 41.3 – No saliva

When cricket resumed following the onset of Covid-19, playing conditions were written in most forms of the game stating that applying saliva to the ball was no longer permitted. MCC’s research found that this had little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting. Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective.

The new Laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair methods of changing the condition of the ball.

Download the Changes in PDF

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Abount MCC

Marylebone Cricket Club is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game.

Founded in 1993, the MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club and aims to transform lives through cricket.

There are now 18,000 Full and 5,000 Associate Members of MCC.

List of Honorary Member of MCC from India

  1. N.J. Contractor (1969)
  2. C.G. Borde (1981)
  3. F.M. Engineer (1981)
  4. B.S. Bedi (1982)
  5. B.S. Chandrasekhar (1982)
  6. E.A.S. Prasanna (1984)
  7. S. Venkataraghavan (1988)
  8. G.R. Viswanath (1990)
  9. M. Amarnath (1993)
  10. S.M. Gavaskar (1993)
  11. D.B. Vengsarkar (1993)
  12. Kapil Dev (1995)
  13. S.M.H. Kirmani (1995)
  14. R.J. Shastri (1995)
  15. K.S. More (1999)
  16. R. Dravid (2008)
  17. A. Kumble (2008)
  18. S.R. Tendulkar (2010)
  19. S.C. Ganguly (2015)
  20. Miss A. Chopra (2016)
  21. V. Sehwag (2016)
  22. Z. Khan (2016)   
  23. V.V.S. Laxman (2017)
  24. Miss S.A Agrawal (2017)
  25. Miss G. Banerjee (2017)   
  26. Miss D.F. Edulji (2017) 
  27. Miss S. Gupta (2017)   
  28. Miss S. Kulkarni (2017) 
  29. Miss S. Rangaswamy (2017)   
  30. Miss S. Shah (2017)
  31. J. Srinath (2021)
  32. H. Singh (2021)

Sachin Tendulkar welcomes MCC’s decision

Indian batting legend Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar taking to Twitter shared a video lauding MCC’s decision announces New Code of laws, breaking the stigma around the mode of dismissal.

I was always uncomfortable with the dismissal being called ‘Mankaded’

Sachin Tendulkar

“New rules have been introduced in cricket by MCC committee and I am quite supportive of couple of them. The first one being Mankading dismissal. I was always uncomfortable with that particular dismissal being called ‘Mankaded’,” Tendulkar

“I am really happy that it’s been changed to run out. It always should have been run out according to me. So, this is one good news for all of us. I was not comfortable with it at all, but that won’t be the case anymore,” he added.

“And the second one where the batter is dismissed, being caught, the new batter has to come and face the ball. The new batter takes the strike. It’s absolutely fair because if a bowler has been successful in picking a wicket it’s only fair that a bowler gets a chance to bowl to a new batter. This new rule is a good one and well done on that,” he added.

The change of batters at strike following a dismissal was the other decision lauded by Tendulkar. As per the new norms, the new batter will be on strike even the players cross when the catch is taken. This rule has certainly taken away a big advantage enjoyed by batting teams over the years and Tendulkar is pleased with the same.

MCC announces New Code of Law inorder to improve the quality of cricket game across the globe and MCC is the custodian of the game of cricket. More details about the laws of cricket https://www.lords.org.

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