ISLAMABAD - For the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan Cricket Board unveils new interesting playing rules for the domestic matches in Pakistan.
No-toss” rule and heavier financial penalties for not maintaining over-rates are the key features of the PCB Playing Conditions and PCB Code of Conduct for the 2019-20 season, which kicks-off on Saturday, 14 September, with the first round action of the four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
For the first time in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the country’s premier tournament, and according to clause 13.4 of the PCB Playing Conditions 2019-20, the visiting team’s captain will have the option to bowl first after accessing the pitch conditions.
If the captain opts against it, the normal toss – which is done by the spin of the coin – will be done.
The clause reads as:
Before the toss, the visiting team captain shall be offered the option to bowl first. If he decides so, the toss (Usual spin of the coin) shall not take place.
If the visiting team captain is undecided then a normal toss (Usual spin of the coin) shall take place.
In case the teams are playing at a neutral venue, the home team will be deemed the team, which is mentioned as “Home” in the schedule”.
The purpose behind the introduction of this rule is to provide an equal and fair opportunity to the visiting side to exploit assistance from the surface if any. Points System
A clear distinction has also been made on how the teams will be awarded points – which will be derived after the addition of the points awarded on the basis of match result and first innings performances in the batting and bowling departments.
A team securing an outright win will get 16 points. Five and nine points will be awarded for a drawn or a tied game.
The following is how the points on the first innings performances will be awarded:
Batting points for the first innings which could be earned up to 110 overs:
- 1 point for 200 runs - 2 points for 250 runs - 3 points for 300 runs - 4 points for 350 runs - 5 points for 400 runs
Bowling points for first innings:
- 1 point for 3 wickets - 2 points for 6 wickets - 3 points for 9 wickets