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ICC: New rules for World Test Series- April fool’s joke or actually legit?
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ICC: New rules for World Test Series- April fool’s joke or actually legit?

Rishabh Pachory

Rishabh Pachory

With the IPL currently going on, cricket fans have a lot to look forward to. The tournament holds excitement and something different at every turn. With the World Test Championship around the corner, cricket fans can keep the excitement high and guess what? There are now some new rules that the ICC is planning to implement in the Test Championship.

Have a look at them and let us know if you think they are legit or just another April Fool’s prank.

In a Facebook campaign titled “#CricketNotAsYouKnowIt”, the ICC has launched a few new rules. One of them makes it possible for players to enter the field in shorts- in the summers, of course instead of the usual cricket trousers, while another changes the names of dot balls and no balls as we know them. Now, they will be called “Aces” and “Faults” respectively. This is similar to another sport- you guessed it- tennis. Sounds real, doesn’t it?

If you thought these were minor changes, get a load of this. From now, runs scored in the evening session of the test match will count as double- thereby adding more excitement and a new element to the game. In simple terms, the fours will count as eight runs, sixes will count as 12 runs and so on.

Another game changing move is that now, the bowling team can eliminate both batsmen simultaneously. In a new rule under the name “Double Wicket Play”, fielders can catch-out batsmen and at the same time, throw the ball to the wicketkeeper to run out the other player. Though this will be a difficult task, it lends a new plane of strategic planning to the game.

To bring a better understanding of the game, a new rule makes it possible for commentators to be actually present at the field, rather than just in their commentary box. The commentators will be placed behind the slips- to bring you a better picture of the game.

Well, all of these rules seem very real and we’re excited to see how they shape the future of the game. If you think they’re legit or an April Fool’s prank, let us know in the comment box below!