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