The Laws of Cricket govern the game. One of The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s most important roles, which it has carried out since the Club’s formation in 1787, is its custodianship of the Laws of Cricket.
Although the International Cricket Council is the global Governing Body for cricket, it still relies on the MCC to write and interpret the Laws of Cricket, which are applicable from the village green to the Test arena. MCC’s Laws sub-committee are responsible for the debating, decision making and drafting of the Laws.
In 2017, MCC published a new Code of Laws, which incorporated the most wide-ranging and ambitious alterations to the Laws of Cricket for almost two decades. The Code has been well-received, and had a positive impact on cricket the world over.
Over the last two years some issues have emerged, as such, the MCC have produced a second edition, which came into effect on 1 April 2019. The majority of these changes are simply minor corrections or clarifications, and will not make a material difference to the vast majority of cricket played around the world but there are a few significant changes based on feedback received since the Code’s introduction.
Provided below is a link to the Lord’s website, a link to the 2019 Edition of the 2017 Laws of Cricket and a summary of the changes in the 2019 Edition of the 2017 Code.