McLaren excited about new ODI regulations


The proposed new playing conditions come into effect for South Africa's one-day series against Bangladesh and allrounder Ryan McLaren has welcomed the extra protection for bowlers.

The new rules, most notably, modify Powerplay conditions and allow an extra outfielder during the final 10 overs to give bowlers some extra protection and try and force batsmen to score more runs earlier in the innings.

McLaren said it will take some time for bowlers to adjust their mindset to not worry about the batting Powerplay and bowl the final 10 overs with an extra outfielder, but admitted most would welcome the changes.

"Obviously the new rules mean guys have to adapt to not bowling in the Powerplays, and to have that extra fifth fielder in the last ten overs is a bit of a different mindset for the bowlers and something they will welcome, to be honest," he said.

"If you look at the statistics at the World Cup, it was quite easy to see over the last ten overs there were many occasions when it went for more than 100 runs.

"Surely it showed the batters dominated that facet of the game. From a bowling point of view, it helps to strategise the last ten overs. I don't think it will change the mindset of the batters."

The only change in aid of the batting team is that all no-balls in ODIs and T20s will now result in a free hit, not just for overstepping.

"Obviously it is now slightly more challenging. It is something you practice or aim but in these conditions it can be slippery so we need to be aware of it, because it can happen," he concluded.