Holding its first meeting of the year at the ICC headquarters on Wednesday, the board, chaired by N Srinivasan and presided by Mustafa Kamal among all the full-member and associate representatives, also approved a change to the application of ICC Code of Conduct offences relating to slow over-rates in ICC events.
     
Now the captains will not carry any prior minor over-rate offence 'strikes' or over-rate suspensions from other series into an ICC event.
     
This approval means that all captains will enter this edition with no over-rate 'strikes' against their names, and they will only be suspended from playing in World Cup match if over-rate offences are committed during the event.
     
Any over-rate offence incurred prior to the mega-event will be carried forward to the first bilateral series after the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
     
The board also reiterated its support for the umpires clamping down on poor player behaviour, particularly leading into and during the 11th edition of the 50-over World Cup.
     
The Board considered issues around player safety following the tragic death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes during a first-class match, and was briefed on the ICC-supported research project to improve the safety of cricket helmets.
     
The freak accident in November last year has recently resulted in a new British Safety Standard being introduced.
     
It was noted that helmet manufacturers have now introduced a number of new helmet models that comply with the updated British Standard, and that an increasing number of international players have been choosing to wear the helmet models that comply with this new safety standard.
     
The world governing body also received an update on the World Cup and approved the dates of the ICC events through to 2019.

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