Calcutta: The controversies surrounding the Decision Review System (DRS) during the Ashes last month has forced the International Cricket Council to constitute a ‘Working Group’ to consider how the apex body should best use technology in the future.
The decision was taken at the two-day ICC chief executives’ committee meeting, in Dubai, which concluded on Tuesday.
However, the ICC has enhanced its existing DRS rule which will allow teams two additional reviews after 80 overs of an innings in Test matches from October 1. Currently, a team is allowed up to two unsuccessful reviews per innings.
At the meeting, the ICC discussed a range of issues, from umpires to over rates to ODI Playing Conditions.
As reported by The Telegraph on Sunday, Asia’s Big Four did push for putting an end to the use of new balls at both ends in ODIs. However, that was resisted, and so, the existing rule continues.
“There was a voting process and India, along with Pakistan and Bangladesh, voted against the 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 from voting. We have expressed our reservations about using of two new balls,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said on Wednesday.
However, the CEC approved the Cricket Committee’s recommendation that in an ODI reduced to 25 overs or less prior to the start of first innings, only one new ball will be used per innings. This regulation, too, will come into effect from October 1.
The other notable issues discussed are as follows:
Umpires, over rates and bad light: The CEC members confirmed their collective support for the international umpires and the spirit of the game. The CEC also endorsed the umpires’ intention to become far stricter on poor over-rates and time-wasting and to maximise playing time in conditions where it is safe to do so.
World Test Championship: The launch of the event will take place at a media function to be held in Dubai in October, coinciding with the start of the Pakistan-South Africa Test series.
Amendment to the code of conduct: The apex body confirmed an amendment to the Code of Conduct, preventing the tactic of a team switching its captain to avoid an over rate suspension on the captain.
Amendment to player eligibility regulation: It was confirmed that the standout period for a Full Member player, who wishes to return to his original Associate or Affiliate Member, shall be reduced from four years to two years.