ICC Annual Conference 2015
At the Annual Conference 2015 of the International Cricket Council, ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson, on Friday, announced that the batting powerplay system has been removed from the One Day Internationals (50-over format). He also announced some other significant changes in the ODI formats after discussing the recommendations made by ICC Cricket Committee at the Conferencein Barbados.
The batting Powerplay was one of the systems being followed in One-Day International until now. From now on, there will be no batting powerplays in any innings of any International 50-over match that means, no restriction to field setting like before. Although ICC also announced that from now on, five fielders will be allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle in the final 10 overs of both innings while maximum of two fielders outside the circle for first ten overs and maximum four fielders outside the circle for overs 11 to 40. That means, No compulsory catchers in overs 1-10 in ODIs.
Also, all No balls, including 'over stepping by the bowlers' will result in free hits in both ODIs and Twenty20 formats.
All new rules will be in effect for any series starting starting on or after July 5.
"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," Richarsdon said at the press conference.