Steven Finn problems lead to new no-ball rule

However, matches at international level take place under playing conditions approved by the ICC. The 6ft 8in Finn, who has been working to eradicate his bad habit, returned fine figures of one for 33 in his maximum 10 overs after coming in off a notably shorter run-up as England beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second one-day international in Napier on Wednesday.

updated: February 22, 2013 09:32 IST
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London: The sight of England fast bowler Steven Finn knocking over the stumps in his delivery stride has led MCC to draw up a new no-ball rule that will take effect in October, it was announced Thursday.

From October 1, if the bowler breaks the stumps at his end during the act of delivery, a no-ball will be called and signalled by the umpire said a statement issued by Lord's based Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which still retains worldwide responsibility for cricket's Laws.

At present, there is no specific provision for what officials ought to do when this happens, although the Laws allow the umpire to call and signal 'dead ball' if the on-strike batsman is distracted.

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