The controversial Decision Review System will be tweaked from next month to give teams two extra referrals per innings in test matches as part of a trial set up by cricket’s governing body. Also Read: Men have failed the machine
After seeing the recent Ashes series in England blighted by poor umpiring calls, the International Cricket Council reacted on Wednesday by announcing that a team’s referral count will be topped up to two after 80 overs of an innings. Currently, sides are allowed up to two unsuccessful reviews per innings.
The trial starts on Oct. 1.
The use of DRS was one of the key issues discussed at a meeting of the ICC chief executives’ committee in Dubai on Monday and Tuesday, with both England and Australia having become increasingly dismayed by the perceived anomalies of the technology — particularly Hot Spot, whose thermal-imaging cameras are used to detect if the ball makes contact with the bat. Also Read: Why DRS still divides cricketing world
The ICC said it will be setting up a working group to consider the role of technology in umpire decision-making and to look at ways to better train umpires. It will also use independent assessors to decide whether Snickometer, which uses both sight and sound to determine whether a batsman has edged the ball, can be added to the list of approved DRS technologies. “Snicko,” as it’s commonly called, is only used by TV networks covering matches. Also Read: Jagmohan Dalmiya doesn't see any hope for DRS in present form
The committee also said it will back umpires in their attempts to clamp down on slow over-rates and time-wasting, and also maximize playing time. All three were issues during the Ashes series. The proposals will be discussed further when the ICC board holds its fourth and last meeting of the year in London on Oct. 17-19.
Two-ball rule to stay
The Indian Cricket Board’s bid to change the existing rule of using two new white balls in One Day Internationals (ODIs) saw strong opposition from some of the other member Boards which led to ICC only agreeing to use one ball in a curtailed match. It is learnt that there was a voting amongst the representatives of the 10 Test playing nations at the ICC Chief Executives Meeting in Dubai and there were five countries that voted in favour of existing rule of the use of two new white balls from two ends. Also Read: New balls, old fears for Asia
“There was a voting process and India along with Pakistan, Bangladesh voted against use of two new balls. Australia, New Zealand, England and Zimbabwe were among those in favour of using two new balls while West Indies and South Africa abstained. We have expressed our reservations about using of two new balls,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.
For any change in existing rule, the ICC constitution states that two third of the majority should vote in favour of change. This meant that BCCI needed the support of six other nations to change the rule. The moment WICB and CSA abstained from voting, it became clear that the existing rule will remain although for a curtailed ODI of 25 overs or less, one new white ball will be used.
BCCI’s reservations regarding use of two new balls is because India’s spin-heavy attack is supposed to be rendered ineffective due to this new rule. However, the logic that goes against BCCI’s wish is that their all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja won the ‘Player of the tournament’ award bowling his left-arm spin in unfriendly English conditions during Champions Trophy.
Patel also informed that BCCI, in principle, continued to oppose DRS and they have made it clear that they would not use it in any bilateral series.
The Chief Executives Committee (CEC) has backed umpires’ decision for a further crack down on poor over-rates and time wasting tactics.
A Working Group is being set-up to consider how the ICC should best use technology in umpire decision-making in the future. A review of the role and training of television umpires will also be conducted
A trial will begin from October 1 where in team reviews will be topped up to two after 80 overs of an innings. This trial will be conducted in all Tests in which the DRS is used.
An independent assessment of the Snickometer will be conducted to determine the potential of this technology in assisting umpires when it came to faint edges.
The opinion with regard to two new balls being used in an ODI innings was divided and the ICC’s cricket committee will push for the development of a ball that can last the full 50 overs of an innings.