The new playing conditions for all three formats of international cricket — including the contentious Decision Review System and stricter penalties for ball-tampering — came into effect with the series between Bangladesh and New Zealand which started here on Wednesday.

One of the most important amendments to the playing conditions pertain to changing the condition of the ball, which will be applicable in all three formats of the game.

“Clause 42.1 which deals with The Match Ball — changing its condition, has been amended to provide clarity in situations where the condition of the match ball has been changed, and the umpires cannot identify the person responsible for changing the condition of the ball,” the ICC said in a statement.

Six-month trial for DRS

Apart from this, the Decision Review System is being used on a six-month trial. “Each team has a maximum of two unsuccessful player review requests in the first 80 overs of the innings, and a maximum of two unsuccessful player review requests after 80 overs for the remainder of the innings.”PTI