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At last year's ICC Cricket Committee meeting, two changes to the ODI format were introduced. Teams were compelled to take the batting and bowling Powerplays between the 16th and 40th overs and were required to use two new balls, one from each end.
In addition, Members were encouraged to continue trialling innovations at domestic level which were aimed at making the 50-over game a more attacking one, both from a batting and bowling perspective, especially during the middle overs. They were also designed at improving the balance between bat and ball and to create an identity for ODIs distinct from the Test and Twenty20 formats.
The ICC Cricket Committee at its annual meeting at the Lordâ€™s Cricket Ground in London this week noted that whilst the use of two new balls had proven successful the shift of the Powerplays to between the 16th and 40th overs had made little impact. Following consideration of the trials conducted in Member countries, the committee agreed to recommend the following:
Â· Powerplays to be restricted to the first 10 overs plus one five over batting powerplay to be completed by the 40th over
Â· In a non-powerplay over only four fielders are allowed outside the 30 yard circle
Â· An increase in the number of permitted short pitched deliveries from one to two per over
David Richardson, ICC General Manager â€“ Cricket, said: "The changes will help enhance what is still an exceptionally popular form of the game. There is though a need to develop a strong identity for the 50-over game distinct from Twenty20 cricket.
"The committee was mindful of the need to avoid continual changes but was determined to complete the process initiated last year to enhance the format. It is now confident that these recommendations for ODI cricket, which showed its popularity during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, will help create an even more attractive spectacle as we approach the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which will be held in Australia and New Zealand."
Calculation of target scores in reduced limited overs matches
The ICC Cricket Committee considered in great detail the proposal by Mr V.Jayadevan for his calculation of target scores (VJD) to be adopted in place of the current Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method.
The committee expressed its complete satisfaction with the thoroughness and independence of the review comparing the two methods. The committee unanimously agreed that there was no evidence of any significant flaws in the D/L method nor did the committee believe that any improvements could be offered by the VJD method.
Therefore the committee decided to continue with the D/L as the preferred method of calculating target scores in reduced limited overs matches.
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