ICC Adopts New Stumping Rule and Concussion Substitute Amendments to Prevent Appeal Misuse

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As of December 12, 2023, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made significant rule changes regarding stumping appeals and concussion substitutes. Umpires will now only review side-on replays for stumping incidents when using the Decision Review System (DRS). This means that if a team wants to challenge a caught-behind decision during a stumping, they must use a separate DRS option specifically for the caught-behind appeal.

Prior to this change, Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey frequently used the review system for caught-behind appeals after a stumping without using the team’s DRS option. However, under the new rule, stumping appeals will only present side-on camera images and umpires will rely solely on these images to make their decision, without inspecting for any potential snick.

Additionally, the ICC has clarified the concussion replacement rule, stating that a substitute player will not be allowed to bowl if the player they are replacing was already suspended from bowling at the time of the concussion incident. The ICC has also implemented a four-minute time limit for on-field injury assessment and treatment to ensure prompt medical attention while minimizing disruptions to the game.

Furthermore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to maintain the ‘Dead Ball’ and two bouncers per over rules, which were introduced during last year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy and will now be implemented in the upcoming Ranji Trophy.

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