Bangladesh's one-off Test match against India scheduled to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad has been postponed by one day. It was initially slated to start on Wednesday (February 8), but now the match will commence on the next day.
"The Test was originally meant to start on a Wednesday. So we thought it would be better on all fronts if it starts on a Thursday and we could get crowds in for the Test," ESPNCricinfo quoted a BCCI official as saying.
The International Cricket Council has introduced new regulations with regards to helmets used by players. Along with the regulations come a strict penalty for those who fail to adhere to it. The new helmets that the ICC specifies should now meet the British Standard BS7928:2013. These standards have already been separately enforced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers Association).
If adhered to the standard specified above, the helmets will now undergo a penetration test along with strength tests. The penetration tests are done to eliminate chances of the ball going through the helmet and hitting any part of the head.
According to ICC's new regulations, which have been incorporated effective January 1, 2017 and will be strictly enforced from February 1, 2017, sanctions will be applied for players who do not comply with the regulations two times. If there is a third such offence, the player can be banned for one match.
"Our number one priority is to have all batsmen wearing the safest helmets available rather than to see players sanctioned. It has been pleasing to see that the vast majority of international players have been wearing compliant helmets since 1 January, but some teams have requested more time to assist them in implementing the new regulation before the sanctioning process commences," said Geoff Allardyce, ICC's General Manager Cricket.
The regulations have been put in place after recommendations by the ICC Cricket Committee.