Umpires will have greater discretion over what constitutes a dangerous delivery from 2019, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mcc">Marylebone Cricket Club</a> (MCC) announced Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>The umpires will have more flexibility over whether a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/beamer">beamer </a> - a delivery aimed at the batsman's head - is deemed to be dangerous. It marks a major rethink by the MCC, the guardians of the laws of cricket. <p></p> <p></p>In October last year, a new definition of Law 41.7 deemed that any delivery on the full above a batsman's waist was deemed to be an illegal no-ball that would see the fielding side penalised one run, regardless of the speed with which it was delivered. <p></p> <p></p>The revised ruling also reduced the number of warnings given before a bowler had to be removed from the attack for bowling dangerous deliveries from two to one. <p></p> <p></p>The rules had been changed to discourage deliberate targeting of a batsman but MCC they had received "almost universally negative" feedback that the new sanctions were "overly severe", especially to younger bowlers. <p></p> <p></p>"MCC has listened to that feedback, and changed the Law with the objective of creating a better and fairer Law, while maintaining the core aim of improving player safety and enjoyment," said MCC in a statement. <p></p> <p></p>The altered law will come into effect from April 1, 2019, in time for the start of the English summer, when umpires will "use their best judgement to determine whether a delivery is dangerous". <p></p> <p></p>Law 41.6, which applies to short-pitched fast bowling - bouncers - is unchanged.