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England's Tour Of West Indies 2023: International Cricket Council's Stop-Clock Trial To Begin With First WI Vs ENG T20I

The stop-clock rule has been introduced to speed up the pace of international cricket. Starting with the first England vs West Indies T20I on December 13, a five-run penalty will be imposed against the fielding team which violates the rule thrice

West Indies captain Shai Hope talks to bowler Alzarri Joseph during the second ODI.
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International Cricket Council's (ICC) latest stop-clock rule will be implemented on a trial basis, starting with the first T20I in the ongoing white-ball series between England and West Indies in Barbados on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. The trial will be carried out for around 59 fixtures involving full member teams (men's ODIs and T20I matches) between December 2023 and April 2024. (Cricket News

The rule has been introduced in an endeavour to speed up the pace of play in international cricket. According to this new rule, the stop clock will restrict the amount of time taken between overs, which means that the bowling team must be ready to bowl the first ball of their next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed. 

The team will be given warnings for the first two infractions, after which a five-run penalty will be imposed against the fielding team for the third violation.

“We are continually looking at ways to speed up the pace of play across international cricket," Wasim Khan, ICC general manager – cricket said. 

He added, "The stop clock trial in white ball international cricket follows the introduction of a successful new playing condition in 2022, which resulted in the fielding team only being allowed four fielders outside of the inner circle if they were not in a position to bowl the first ball of their final over in the stipulated time. The outcomes of the stop clock trial will be assessed at the end of the trial period.”   

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