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Stop clock trial to get underway with first West Indies-England T20I in Barbados | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: In its efforts to enhance the pace of play in international cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has initiated the implementation of a stop clock in full member men’s ODI and T20I matches. The trial will start with the first T20I match between the West Indies and England on December 12 in Barbados.
This trial will be conducted across approximately 59 fixtures scheduled between December 2023 and April 2024.The outcomes of thestop clock trial will be assessed at the end of the trial period.
The stop clock will restrict the amount of time taken between overs, meaning that the bowling team will need to be ready to bowl the first ball of their next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed.
Failure to do so for the third time in an innings (following two warnings) will result in a five-run penalty being imposed against the fielding team.
“We are continually looking at ways to speed up the pace of play across international cricket. The stop clock trial in white ball international cricket follows the introduction of a successful new playing condition in 2022, which resulted in the fielding team only being allowed four fielders outside of the inner circle if they were not in a position to bowl the first ball of their final over in the stipulated time,” said Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, in a media statement.
This trial will certainly put additional pressure on the fielding side skipper as well as on the bowlers to avoid the penalty.

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