ICC introduces penalty system for overs bowled late, bans transgenders from women’s international cricket

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Published on: Nov 22, 2023

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a penalty system for overs that are bowled late by a fielding side. The bowling team will get 60 seconds between overs. Five runs will be added to the batting side’s total if such a delay happens three times in an innings.

The decision, which was taken at the ICC Board meeting in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, November 21, will be tried out on an experimental basis from December to April next year. The first trial of his regulation will take place during the three-match ODI series between West Indies and England, which begins on December 3.

"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 five-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings," an ICC release on the latest development said.

In another significant move, the ICC Board also approved new gender eligibility rule for international matches. As per the new regulations, any male to female participants who have been through any form of male puberty will not be eligible to participate in the international women's game regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment they may have undertaken

"The new policy is based on the following principles (in order of priority), protection of the integrity of the women's game, safety, fairness and inclusion,” the ICC stated. The regulations will be reviewed within two years.

Regarding changes to the gender eligibility regulations, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said, “[They] resulted from an extensive consultation process and is founded in science and aligned with the core principles developed during the review. Inclusivity is incredibly important to us as a sport, but our priority was to protect the integrity of the international women's game and the safety of players."

Following the development, Danielle McGahey, who became the first transgender to play international cricket earlier this year, can no longer feature in women's international games. 29-year-old McGahey originally hails from Australia, but moved to Canada in 2020 and underwent a male-to-female medical transition in 2021. She has featured in six T20Is, scoring 118 runs at an average of 19.66 and a strike rate of 95.93.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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