In an effort to increase the pace of one-day international and Twenty20 cricket matches, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the introduction of a shot clock between overs.
Under the new rules, teams will have 60 seconds to start the next game after the end of the previous one. If they fail to do so, they will receive a 5-run penalty the third time it happens in an inning. The clock will not apply during natural stoppages in play.
The shot clock will first be trialed in the upcoming West Indies vs. England ODI series starting December 3rd. It will then be implemented on a trial basis in all men’s ODI and T20 international matches for six months. Additionally, you can also read about- David Warner Apologizes to Indian Fans After Aussie World Cup Win
This move is aimed at speeding up the pace of cricket matches. Slow over rates have been an issue, with teams fined for not completing their overs on time. A shot clock has been suggested before as a way to regulate “dead time” and keep the action moving.
A shot clock is common in sports like tennis, where players have 25 seconds between points. Introducing time limits is seen as an effective way to combat the slow pace of play.
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