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ICC introduces new ‘no ball’ rule
The International Cricket Council (ICC)¬†yesterday introduced a new playing condition for Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals that instructs the umpires to call ‘no ball’ whenever a bowler breaks the non-striker’s wicket during the act of delivery.

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

India eves seal series vs Bangladesh
Indian eves experimented by not opening with their first-choice pair and still managed to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the Twenty20 international series yesterday. Bangladesh were restricted to 88 after choosing to bat, and Anagha Deshpande and Mona Meshram put on 52 as the hosts eased to victory in 18 overs.

Faulkner in Ashes contention
All-rounder James Faulkner has surged into contention to play in this year’s Ashes series in England after being a surprise recipient of a Cricket Australia contract, reports said yesterday.

The Tasmanian, who was previously regarded as a limited-overs specialist, leapfrogged recent Test debutant Moises Henriques to earn a central contract for the 2013-14 year, from July.

Fresh uproar over NZ captaincy
Former New Zealand captain John Parker weighed into the debate about the controversial sacking of Ross Taylor as skipper yesterday with a scathing report about how the situation was handled.

Parker is part of a group said to include several former captains who compiled a nine-page report on the affair, critical of New Zealand cricket chiefs, coach Mike Hesson and Brendon McCullum.

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