In a radical move to control the pace of the game, the ICC has said it will use a stop clock between overs. If the bowling side fails to start a new over three times within one minute in an innings, it will be fined five runs.
The move, which was approved by the Chief Executive Committee, will be limited to men’s ODIs and T20Is, and will be tested on a “trial basis” for six months between this December and April 2024. The first instance where it will be used is the upcoming three-match ODI series between West Indies and England starting on December 3.
“The clock will be used to control the time taken between overs,” the ICC said in a media release on Tuesday. “If the bowling team is not ready to bowl the next over within 60 seconds of the completion of the previous over, a penalty of five runs will be imposed if this happens for the third time in the innings.”
The third umpire, via a timer, controls the timing while accounting for any interruptions, before relaying it to the on-field match officials. This rule was introduced in T20Is in January and in ODIs during the World Cup Qualifiers in June-July earlier this year. This punishment is in addition to the financial fines given to teams for slow over rates under ICC playing conditions.
Ponting had told at that time that this clock would not work during one over. “It is the final time of the game, so at the end of the over the fielders and bowlers have to come back to their positions and be ready to bowl at a given time. There can be no compromise on this. Even with the new It’s like the batsman coming to the crease – when the batsman gets there, the bowling team has to be ready and have a certain amount of time.”