Cricketers could be sent off as MCC brings in rule changes

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Umpires will be able to send off cricketers, while a law allowing mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps will also come into effect on October 1 this year.

Players will face possible dismissal for poor on-field behaviour all over the world after a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Committee approved new laws following a three-year project, which included trials and global consultation.

And bails flying off the stumps will also be a thing of the past in world cricket, in an attempt to improve safety in the game.

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher had to retire in 2012 after being struck in the eye by a bail while keeping in a tour match against Somerset.

The MCC Committee has also placed limits on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of bats, while bowling of front foot no-balls on purpose are to be treated in same way as deliberate full-tosses - with bowlers given a warning for one and banned from bowling if they do it a second time.

The handling of the ball by batsmen has been deleted and merged into obstructing the field law, while the running out the non-striker rule has been altered.

Substitutes will not be permitted to take over as keeper, while a concept of penalty time has also been amended and the bouncing bat law has been changed.

Fraser Stewart, the MCC's laws manager, said: "MCC has left no stone unturned in researching and redrafting the new Laws of Cricket and has done so in order to make the Laws work in a way that makes sense to players, umpires and spectators.

"The Laws are applicable worldwide so they need to be as simple as possible to understand and inclusive to all.

"The Club hopes to encourage interest in the game at all levels and believes these new Laws are reflective of the present time and easier for cricketers and umpires to interpret."