Starting from December 2023 until April 2024, stop clocks will become a fixture in Men's ODI and T20I cricket, aimed at regulating the time intervals between overs. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced this groundbreaking initiative on Tuesday, marking a trial period for the new system.
Under this experimental phase, if the bowling team fails to initiate the next over within 60 seconds of completing the previous one, a 5-run penalty will be enforced after the third occurrence in an innings, as outlined in the ICC's official release.
In addition to the stop clocks, the ICC has given the green light to alterations in pitch and outfield monitoring regulations. The criteria for assessing a pitch will be simplified, and the threshold for potentially revoking a venue's international status will be raised from five demerit points to six demerit points over a five-year span, as detailed in the official statement.