ICC’s Stop Clock Rule to check time wastage in cricket

New Delhi: Before the T20 World Cup 2024 to be played in the month of June, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made preparations to permanently implement the Stop Clock Rule, which was implemented on a trial basis. The purpose of this rule is to prevent wastage of time between overs so that the match can end on time.

Actually this rule was initially introduced on a trial basis in December 2023. Now it has been approved to be implemented in all white ball cricket including ODI and T20 Internationals. The goal of the Stop Clock Rule is to reduce time wastage during a match.

According to this rule, after the end of one over, the fielding team has to start the next over within 60 seconds i.e. one minute. As soon as the over is done, the stop watch will start and then within 60 seconds the team will have to start the next over. If the fielding team is not able to follow this rule, then there is a rule of fine being imposed on them.

Due to this mistake in the match, the fielding teams may be fined five runs. However, before this they will be warned twice. This rule will be implemented for all ICC white ball formats. The stop clock rule was approved during the ongoing ICC meetings in Dubai, sparking discussions about its use in future tournaments. However, there was no discussion regarding the Champions Trophy.

With Pakistan named as the host nation, there is speculation that India will refuse to tour the country, reminiscent of last year’s Asia Cup format change.



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