The amendents to the code were ratified by the ICC Board that met here for two days.

The revision in the code has given fresh hope to banned Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir to return to action while serving a spot-fixing ban that ends in September 2015.

ICC Chairman N Srinivasan explained the conditions under which a banned player can play domestic cricket before the end of his punishment.

"The revised Code makes provision for a banned player to gain an early return to domestic cricket in certain circumstances," said Srinivasan.

"When exercising his discretionary powers in this regard, however, the Chairman of the ACSU (ICC Anti-Corruption unit) will consider a number of factors, including the level of remorse shown by the player, his/her co-operation with the ACSU's education programme and/or if the player has helped the ACSU by disclosing all information that, in turn, has helped it to enforce the Anti-Corruption Code in respect of others engaged in corruption conduct," added the official.

The ICC Board also made some decisions on the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The most notable of them is that there will be "no super over in tied matches in the knock-out phase".

If such a scenario arises in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, the side finishing in the higher position in the group stage will progress. If the final is tied or if the match yields no-result, then the teams will be declared joint winners.

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