ICC to introduce stop clock to control pace of play

In a radical step to control the pace of play, the ICC has said it’s going to experiment with having a stop clock between overs. A penalty of five runs will be imposed on the bowling side whether they fail three times in an innings to begin the new over inside a minute.

The move, which was once approved by the chief executives committee, will be restricted to men’s ODIs and T20Is, and will be tested on a “trial basis” for six months between this December and April 2024.

“The clock will be used to control the period of time taken between overs,” the ICC said in a media release on Tuesday. “Whether the bowling team isn’t in a position to bowl the next over inside 60 seconds of the preceding over being completed, a five-run penalty will be imposed the third time it happens in an innings.”

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