Stop Clock Rule Made Permanent in ODIs, T20Is

On March 15, 2024, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the stop clock will be made permanent in all ODIs and T20Is from June 2024.

It was implemented on a trial basis from December 2023. As per the results of this trial, about 20 minutes per ODI match had been saved. Hence, the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) approved that the stop clock be introduced “as a mandatory playing condition in all men’s ODI and T20I matches between Full Members from 1 June 2024, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024“.

The rule requires the fielding side to start a new over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed. If the fielding side is not ready to bowl the first ball of their next over within 60 seconds of the previous over being completed, two warnings will be given, and any further breaches will result in a 5-run penalty per incident. The said rule is subject to certain exceptions. For instance, if the umpires approve the on-field treatment of a batter or fielder’s injury, the stop clock, if already started, can be cancelled.

In addition to other decisions taken at the ICC Board meeting held in Dubai, it was confirmed that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will have reserve days scheduled for the semi-finals and final.