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ICC not to expand TV technology

London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will not expand the use of television technology for umpires at next year’s World Cup, cricket’s world governing body said in a statement on Friday.

The ICC announced its decision after examining the report of a technology trial conducted during September’s Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said, “Although the trial taught us a lot... too many questions remain unanswered for it to be used at other events at this time.”

“The World Cup is cricket’s pre-eminent tournament. It is of a standing size and complexity far greater that the Champions Trophy and it is not a tournament to trial unproven playing conditions.”

The ICC confirmed that use of technology by umpires at the World Cup would be limited to line decisions for run outs, stumpings, hit-wicket and boundaries.

In a change to the existing playing conditions, technology would not be used to determine if a catch had been taken cleanly, unless the vision of both on-field umpires was obscured.

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