The ongoing JLT Cup in Australia provided one of the first instances where a new rule pertaining to on-field play, released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was put into practice by the umpires. Queensland fielder Marnus Labuschage became the first cricketer to breach the new regulations of fake fielding. The incident took place during a JLT One-Day Cup 2017 (domestic limited overs tournament of Australia) match between Queensland Bulls and Cricket Australia XI. Labuschagne dived and tried to stop the ball hit by Cricket Australia XI batsman Param Uppal, but missed it completely. He tried to fool the batsman by faking a throw.
With this law-breaking on-field reaction from Labuschagne, Queensland Bulls have penalised 5 runs. The cricket law was broken within 24 hours of its introduction globally. During CA XI’s innings, Labuschagne was standing at the mid-off position. Batsman Param Uppal drove the ball in that direction and Labuschagne dived to stop the ball but it had already passed him. He, however, faked to throw the ball back to the bowler which prompted Uppal to turn around mid-way from the run. He later realised that the ball was past the fielder and completed his run. While the new rules come into effect only from October 1, it appears that this match was also played under the new ones.
Under new rules effective from Thursday, cricket players can be — like in football – will be ordered off the field if they commit major offences.
Threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, physically assaulting a player or any other person and committing any other act of violence will be deemed Level 4 offence — warranting marching orders. A player can now be sent off the field for the rest of the match if a Level 4 offence is committed. Level 1 to 3 offences will continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.