MCC has been the custodian of the Laws of Cricket since the Club's formation in 1787.
MCC has recently (April 2017) issued a summary document outlining changes to the Laws of Cricket that will apply worldwide and come into effect on 1st October 2017.
These new Laws will see a new Code introduced into the game for the first time since 2000.
The significant changes to the 42 Laws are as follows:
Now written in language applying to all persons, regardless of gender.
The Handled the ball Law has been deleted, with its contents merged into Obstructing the field.
The Lost ball Law has been deleted and is now covered under Dead Ball.
Limits placed on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat.
Injuries hoped to be prevented in a new Law which allows mechanisms tethering the bails to the stumps.
Bowling of deliberate front foot No balls to be treated in same way as deliberate full tosses.
A new Law of the game, Players' conduct, is introduced, giving an in-match consequence for poor on-field behaviour.
The Law regarding running out the non-striker has been altered.
'Bouncing bat' Law changed, substitutes now allowed to keep wicket and concept of penalty time amended.
Details of the new Laws of Cricket can be seen on lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket/laws