ICC panel recommends DRS in Twenty20 Internationals to curb wrong decisions of field umpires
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 26-May-2017

London, May 26: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee recommended the use of the Decision Review System in all Twenty20 Internationals with an aim to curb the wrong decisions taken by field umpires. Notably, the proposal of using DRS was recommended during the annual meeting that took place in London on May 23 and 24.

The committee chaired by Anil Kumble also suggested that teams shouldn't lose a review in the event of an LBW review being adjudged as umpire's call. However, if the recommendation is approved, then the 'top-up' that teams receive after 80 overs in Test cricket will be discontinued.

The committee further unanimously supported the idea of holding a Test cricket competition in order to add context to the longest format of the game. The committee also batted for cricket to be introduced in Olympics. Several other recommendations were introduced during the meeting.

The panel also took into consideration the new laws of cricket that were proposed by the Marylebone Cricket Club and decided to adopt most of the changes. After various trials and extensive global discussions throughout the professional and amateur game, MCC had recommended the new laws. As per one of the recommendations, it empowers the umpires to send off a player for serious misconduct. All other offences would come under the gambit of the ICC Code of Conduct.

The other two significant recommendations made by the MCC called for a limit to be set on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat, and bowling of deliberate front foot no-balls to be regarded in the same way as deliberate (above the waist) full-tosses.

The Committee gave due consideration for the presentation made on the findings of the no-ball trial held in England during the One-Day International series against Pakistan last year. It was recommended that the third umpire should adjudge all no-balls by using instant replays. The third umpire can access "four side-on cameras, used for checking no balls, run outs and stumpings, along with instant slow motion replays to determine whether a bowler has overstepped the popping crease".

The committee also recommended for a two-year trial for the use of 'concussion substitutes'. In all likelihood, it would be trailled in domestic cricket, with teams being given the chance to field a replacement batsman in a case of one of the cricketers in the Playing XI suffering from the concussion.

The panel also stated that the batsman will be adjudged as not out once the bat is in and grounded, even if the bat is subsequently lifted up in the air. As of now, a batsman will be ruled out, if after he gets his bat inside the crease, it bounces up in the air, with the bails being broken.

Notably, if the ICC Chief Executives' Committee approves the recommendations, the new rules will come into effect from 1 October 2017.