Stopwatch set to become permanent feature of 2024 T20 World Cup white-ball internationals


Results presented to the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) demonstrated that approximately 20 minutes were saved per ODI match.

The feature has now been added as a mandatory playing condition in all full members’ ODI and T20I matches from June 1, 2024.

As per the clock rule which has been tested in men’s white-ball cricket, the defending team should start a new over within 60 seconds of the end of the previous over.

An electronic clock, counting down from 60 to zero, will be displayed on the ground; it will be up to the third referee to determine the start of the clock.

Failure of the defending team to be ready to bowl the first ball of their next over within the stipulated 60 seconds after the end of the previous over results in two cautions. Subsequent violations would result in a five-point penalty per incident.

There are some exceptions to this rule, and the clock, if already started, may be canceled in certain situations. These include:

– When a new batter arrives at the wicket between overs
– An official drinks interval has been announced
– Umpires approved on-field treatment of an injury to a batter or fielder.
– Lost time means any circumstance beyond the control of the defensive team.

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