LAHORE - There are going to be some major changes in rules in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. Dave Richardson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Cricket Council (ICC) has informed the media about the likely changes after attending the 2015 ICC Annual Conference in Barbados.

According to ICC press release, the first major change will be scrapping the mandatory batting powerplay from ODIs. This rule has been criticised by international captains in recent times. Another change which is likely to be implemented in ODIs is free-hit for all kinds of no-balls. So far this free hit is granted for only frontfoot no-balls. But now it seems batsmen will enjoy a bit more freedom in terms of free hits. The Revised ICC Playing Conditions will come into effect from July 5.

The key changes are no compulsory catchers in overs 1-10 (ODIs), no batting powerplay between overs 15-40 (ODIs), five fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in overs 41-50 (ODIs), All ‘no balls’, not just ‘foot faults’, to result in a free hit (ODIs & T20Is).

Regarding these changes, Richardson said, “We have thoroughly reviewed the ODI format after a very successful ICC Cricket World Cup. There was no need to make any radical changes to what has proved to be a vibrant and popular format but we wanted to take this opportunity to make the format simpler and easier to follow for the public as well as maintaining a balance between bat and ball.

“In making these adjustments, we have tried to ensure that ODI cricket retains the attacking, aggressive and thrilling brand, which has recently become the hallmark of 50-over cricket and sets us on a positive path to the next World Cup in England in 2019.”