ICC’s Latest Test Cricket Rules Are Beyond Strange

It’s April 1st and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has got us wondering whether the latest announcements regarding change of rules for Test Championship are real or not.

In a series of announcements on Twitter, ICC has made Monday morning interesting for cricket lovers from across the globe.

Starting with the rule about Instagram handles on the back of the shirts.

As part of our efforts to make the game more appealing to younger generations, the ICC will be applying both numbers and Instagram handles to kits from the beginning of the World Test Championship.

Toss to be replaced by a Twitter poll.

In further changes ahead of the World Test Championship, the tradition of the coin toss will be replaced by a Twitter poll, allowing fans at home to decide who bats and bowls!

Test players in shorts. Interesting.

Should the temperature reach 35°C, the ICC’s updated playing conditions will allow all Test players the option to wear shorts.

Commentators behind the slips.

In a move to bring fans even closer to the sport, broadcasters will have the option to position commentators on the field of play behind the slips cordon.

Two wickets in one ball?

After taking a catch, the fielding team will be permitted to complete a ‘Double Wicket Play’ by running out the other batsman.

The all-new Faults and Aces.

Two minor changes will be made to cricket terminology with no balls and dot balls to henceforth be known as ‘Faults’ and ‘Aces’.

Runs multiplied by 2.

Runs scored in the evening session of day/night Tests will count double, creating a new and exciting strategic element.

To settle tie-breakers, Away Runs will define the winner.

And finally, should teams be level on the World Test Championship table, the first tie-breaking criteria will be ‘Away Runs.’

In the end, ICC asked this question: “So which of these initiatives are you most looking forward to?”

Well, this is oddly interesting, to say the least, but we think ICC is playing April Fools with all of its cricket fans.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Feature Writer

  • whipping up an article on clearly an April fool’s joke is the next level april fool. kinda Inception level…. :D

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