PCB announces playing conditions, code of conduct for 2019-20 season

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LAHORE: “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 from Saturday, September 14.

According to PCB release, 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 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 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 equal and fair opportunity to the visiting side to exploit assistance from the surface, if any.

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