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Monday, May 15, 2023
ICC Announce Playing Conditions Changes

ICC has announced a major change to the Playing Conditions, among other tweaks, effective June 1st, 2023.

ICC announced changes to the Playing Conditions after the Chief Executivesí Committee approved of the recommendations from the Menís Cricket Committee led by Sourav Ganguly and the Women's Cricket Committee.

The major change involved the soft signal being scrapped, with umpires no longer required to give a soft signal when referring decisions to the TV umpire.

"The on-field umpires will consult with the TV umpire before any decisions are taken," the ICC confirmed.

The other big announcement relevant to Bermuda involved making helmets mandatory for high-risk positions. The compulsion of helmets will be for the following:

1. when batters are facing fast bowlers
2. when wicketkeepers are standing up to the stumps
3. when fielders are close to the batter in front of the wicket.

"We also discussed player safety, which is very important for us." Ganguly said. "The committee decided that it was best to make the use of helmets mandatory in certain positions to ensure the safety of players."
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