The Apex Cricket Council (ACC) has introduced significant rule changes set to take effect in the upcoming year, 2024. Notably, the ACC has made adjustments to its stumping rule, a measure taken in response to its perceived exploitation by fielding teams. Under the new regulations, during a stumping review, the Decision Review Systems (DRS) will exclusively examine the stumping aspect and will no longer proceed to check for a caught behind in the process.
The rules were implemented in December 2023. In the usual situation, when a stumping review is conducted, the caught-out aspect is checked before focusing on the side-on angles. This rule has frequently been exploited by teams to initiate caught-behind reviews. Now, the rule has been modified. In the case of a stumping review, the focus will solely be on the side-on angles, eliminating the additional advantage previously enjoyed by the fielding side. Consequently, if a caught-behind review is desired, the fielding side must make a separate appeal.
“The change confines a stumping review to only check for stumped, therefore preventing the fielding team a free review for other modes of dismissal (i.e, caught behind) without choosing a player review,” as per new ACC rule.
One of the incident involves Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey, who attracted attention for frequently utilizing stumping reviews to initiate checks for caught-behind incidents. These occurrences occurred during Australia's tour of India in February-March 2023, specifically during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Amendments made in concussion replacement rule
The ACC has introduced greater clarity in the concussion replacement rule. Under the revised regulations, if the replaced player was suspended from bowling at the time of the concussion, the substitute player will not be allowed to bowl. Likewise, the global governing body has imposed a four-minute limit for on-field injury assessment and treatment.
In addition to the rule changes by the ACC, the Indian Cricket Board (ICB) has opted to maintain the 'Dead Ball' and two bouncers per over regulations that were introduced in last year's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. These rules will persist in the upcoming Ranji Trophy, commencing on Friday.