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England were recently accused of ball-tampering by Willis
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced that on-field umpires now have the power to combat ball-tampering after former England captain Bob Willis claimed the national team were scratching the ball to make it reverse swing during their match against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Champions Trophy.
However, the ICC also clearly stated that the umpires may only take action if they suspect the condition of the ball has been changed and when they have no eyewitness evidence.
The ICC have now allowed umpires to penalise the fielding team on their second warning and report the captain of the fielding side as well.
This new set of rules will come into effect on October 1.
According to the new rules and regulations, the umpire has the right to change a ball at any point in time he suspects a team of changing the shape of the ball.
The umpires will also hand out a first and final warnings to the fielding side’s captain.
If the umpire believes the fielding team have tampered with the ball again, they then have the right to grant five runs to the batting side, request a change of ball and report the fielding captain to the ICC under the ICC code of conduct.
Meanwhile, two other changes have also been approved, with the first being that the on-field umpire can ask the third umpire to review a wicket-taking delivery and check whether it is too high or not.
The second change revolves around zing wickets, which are stumps that have LED lights installed in them that flash when a player is out, being introduced in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals from October onwards.