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ICC introduces ‘stop clock’



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On November 21, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a trial initiative to implement a stop clock system to regulate the time taken between overs in men's One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). The trial period is scheduled to run from December 2023 to April 2024.

Following a recent board meeting, the ICC has now confirmed the introduction of the stop clock on a trial basis to monitor the duration between overs.

Under this system, if the bowling team fails to be ready to deliver the next over within 60 seconds of the completion of the previous one, they will face a five-run penalty. A repeated offense for the third time in an innings would incur the penalty for the side.

This initiative aims to enhance the pace of play in limited-overs cricket, ensuring a more efficient and time-conscious experience for both players and spectators.

The trial period will serve as an evaluation phase to assess the effectiveness of the stop-clock system in maintaining the desired tempo during matches.

"The CEC 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," read the statement.