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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently made significant decisions during its annual Board meetings, aiming to enhance the efficiency of limited-overs international matches and streamline the qualification process for upcoming tournaments.

Mandating Stop-Clocks:

The ICC has mandated the use of stop-clocks in limited-overs international matches, following a successful trial period. The initiative aims to ensure timely completion of matches and improve the overall experience for players and spectators alike.

Results of Trial Period:

Results presented to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) revealed that the trial of stop-clocks had already led to approximately 20 minutes saved per One Day International (ODI) match. This positive outcome prompted the ICC to implement stop-clocks permanently in all ODIs and T20Is from June 2024 onwards.


Key Features of Stop-Clock Rule:

The stop-clock rule requires the fielding side to start a new over within 60 seconds of the completion of the previous over. Failure to comply results in warnings and eventual penalties, contributing to a more disciplined and time-efficient gameplay.

Exceptions to the Rule:

Certain exceptions allow for the cancellation of the stop-clock in specific situations, such as when a new batter comes to the wicket or during official drinks intervals. These exceptions ensure flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the game.

T20 World Cup 2024 Updates:

The ICC has confirmed several updates for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, including the introduction of reserve days for the semi-finals and final. Additionally, specific criteria have been established for the minimum number of overs required to constitute a match in different stages of the tournament.

T20 World Cup 2026 Qualification Process:

Looking ahead, the ICC has approved the qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2026. The tournament, co-hosted by India and Sri Lanka, will feature automatic qualifiers and teams determined through regional qualifiers, ensuring a fair and competitive selection process.


With the introduction of stop-clocks and updates to tournament regulations, the ICC aims to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of limited-overs international cricket. These initiatives reflect the ICC’s commitment to promoting the growth and development of the sport on a global scale.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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