It might be no big news for many, but it will surely get Steven Finn’s goat as his habit of breaking wickets while bowling is not a nuisance only for umpires and his team, England, but also led to a controversy on one occasion.

[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignright" width="300"]England was denied Graeme Smith’s wicket after after Steven Finn dislodges the bails at the non-striker's end (Photo: Getty Images) England were denied Graeme Smith’s wicket after Steven Finn dislodged the bails at the non-striker's end (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced a new playing condition for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20s) that instructs the umpires to call ‘No ball’ whenever a bowler breaks the non-striker’s wicket during the act of delivery, a press release issued by the ICC said.

This playing condition will come into effect on 30 April, and the first international match to be played under the new regulation will be the first ODI between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Bulawayo on Friday 3 May.

ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, said: “The recent interpretation used in international matches to call ‘Dead ball’ when a bowler breaks the wicket during a delivery has not adequately dealt with this situation.”

“The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) recently decided to address this issue by introducing a new ‘No ball’ Law from 1 October 2013. The ICC Cricket Committee noted the MCC’s decision, and recommended that an ICC playing condition, mirroring the new No ball Law, be introduced to international cricket as early as possible.”

The ICC Chief Executives Committee approved this recommendation at its March meeting in Dubai.

Mr Allardice added: “The ICC has decided to introduce this playing condition five months prior to the MCC changing the ‘No ball’ Law because there is a lot of important cricket to be played before 1 October, including the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

“The introduction of this playing condition will now provide greater certainty for all involved when a bowler breaks the wickets during the act of delivery.”

Last year during the second Test of series between England and South Africa, Finn broke the wickets during a delivery and the batsman, Graeme Smith, was caught behind. But smile faded away from the faces of English players when they came to know that the umpire declared the delivery a “dead ball”. Smith was granted a second life. The English players were deadly annoyed.

The umpires maintained the delivery was a dead ball as the batsmen had already complained Finn’s habit of knocking into the stumps were distracting them.

Though Finn’s habit of breaking wickets has survived even after the incident, the ICC has now decided to teach him a lesson and challenged him to dislodge the stumps again.
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