The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a major rule change in cricket, intended to make the role of on-field umpires more effective.
Under the new rule, on-field umpires will be given the power to make decisions on player conduct and other matters relating to the game. This includes the ability to award a five-run penalty for serious misconduct, such as a player using inappropriate language or aggressive behaviour.
The umpires will also be able to issue warnings to players for minor offences, such as time wasting. Additionally, umpires will be able to intervene when there is a dispute between players and refer the matter to the third umpire.
The rule change is intended to make the role of on-field umpires more proactive and to ensure that the game is played in a fair and sporting manner. The ICC hopes that the rule change will lead to fewer disputes and create a more positive environment on the field.