The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have confirmed plans to implement new laws of the game in which players will get sent off for serious issues bordering on misconduct.
In addition, the MCC will clamp down on bat sizes ahead of the Ashes series.
The 2017/18 Ashes series will see players getting punished through penalty runs as part of new on-field sanctions for poor player behaviour. The series this year is poised to happen in Australia from November to January.
The issue of batsmen having an edge over bowlers has been addressed after bats increased in thickness in recent years. The maximum dimensions of bats are now 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40 mm in edges.
“The bat size issue has been heavily scrutinized and discussed in recent years. We believe the maximum dimensions we have set will help redress the balance between bat and ball, while still allowing the explosive, big hitting we all enjoy,” the MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said.
There is now a four-level scale for offences and umpires have more powers to deliver sanctions in games.
“We felt the time had come to introduce sanctions for poor player behaviour and research told us that a growing number of umpires at grass roots level were leaving the game because of it. Hopefully, these sanctions will give them more confidence to handle disciplinary issues efficiently, whilst providing a deterrent to the players,” Stephenson added.
Dissent and excessive appeals could now earn players five penalty runs at the lowest level. Throwing the ball at the opposition is a level two offence ad level three involves assault on an opponent. Depending on the game, level two and three could earn cricketers penalty runs and ‘sin-binning’ for a number of overs. Threatening an umpire or going violentis a level four offence that could earn the player marching orders.