LONDON, 26 September: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday introduced a number of changes to its playing conditions that would be effective in all series starting 28 September or later, the first being Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The significant changes are introduction of player send-offs for misconduct and changes to the Decision Review System and a restriction on dimensions of the bat.

“Most of the changes to the ICC playing conditions are being made as a result of changes to the Laws of Cricket that have been announced by the MCC,” said ICC General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice.

He said taht they have just completed a workshop with the umpires to ensure they understand all of the changes and they were now ready to introduce the new playing conditions to international matches.

To maintain the balance between bat and ball, the playing conditions now restrict the size of the edges of the bats as well as their thickness.

The restriction on the length and width of bats remain unchanged but the thickness of the edges can’t be more than 40mm and the overall depth can be 67 mm at the most. Umpires will be issued with a new bat gauge, which they can use to check a bat’s legality, the ICC announced.