ICC player eligibility changes pose silent threat

Changes to the ICC’s international player eligibility regulations have gone largely unnoticed, but their impact could be significant

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Alan Isaac (L), President and David Richardson (R), CEO of the ICC at a press conference held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, UAE in January 2014 (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Headbutts make headlines in the same way that un-sexy regulations don’t.

More hoo-ha than usual surrounded the start of the 2017/18 Ashes series. Glenn McGrath didn’t even need to make his customary, only-semi-joking whitewash prediction. Ben Stokes threw his winter away, David Warner revealed his self-motivation tips, and we later found out that Jonny Bairstow and Cameron Bancroft had enjoyed a minor tete-a-tete.

These pre-series shenanigans may have set the tone for the Ashes, but it is another development, which flew largely under the radar, which could have a lasting impact on cricket.

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