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  • Friday 04, December 2020
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ICC announces updated version of DLS

ICC announces updated version of DLS

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday released the updated version of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) System along with the new ICC Code of Conduct and ICC Playing Conditions. 

This is the third version but the second update of the DLS System since its introduction into international cricket in 2014 and has been carried out following a detailed ball-by-ball analysis of scoring patterns, including in the Powerplays, in all limited overs internationals played during the previous four years.

Update version will come into effect from Sunday (September 30), when the first ODI between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be played in Kimberley, according to an ICC statement. 

This means the current analysis is based on information from 700 One Day Internationals and 428 Twenty-20 Internationals, which comprise over 240,000 outcomes of individual deliveries.

The latest analysis revealed that par score calculations will assume that teams will be able to score a slightly higher proportion of their runs towards the end of an innings.

In finalising the updated version, the scoring patterns between ODI (final 20 overs) and T20 were analysed, as were the scoring patterns between men's and women's international matches. 

The maximum sanction for a Level 3 offence has been increased from eight suspension points to 12 suspension points (equivalent to 6 Test matches or 12 ODIs). Match referees will now hear Level 1, 2 and 3 charges with a Judicial Commissioner only hearing Level 4 charges and appeals.

With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 less than a year away, the ICC has not made any major changes to the existing playing conditions.