ICC okays rule change in DRS, defers Test shake up


The ICC has approved change in rules in the LBW decisions of the umpires concerning the controversial Decision Review System, which is expected to benefit the bowlers, while deferring plans for a radical shake-up of international cricket, including on the proposed creation of two divisions in Test and a new one-day league.
The global governing body’s annual meeting concluded here last night with the ICC, IDI and IBC Board deliberating over several issues under the chairmanship of former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar. Few major decisions were also taken.
The ICC said progress has been made on the issue of the governance restructuring in the world body while a push has been made for women’s cricket to be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban. Further discussions on the plan of International Olympic Committee over cricket becoming an Olympic sport.
Regarding the DRS playing conditions relating to the LBW ‘umpire’s call’, the ICC said if the on-field lbw decisions are to be overturned, half of the ball would now need to hit a zone of the stumps that also borders the outside of off and leg stumps. Earlier, half of the ball would need to hit a zone between the centre of off and leg stumps.
“The size of the zone inside which half the ball needs to hit for a Not Out decision to be reversed to Out will increase, changing to a zone bordered by the outside of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails (formerly the centre of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails),” the ICC said in a statement.
This amendment will come into effect from October 1 or from the start of any series using DRS that commences just prior to this date, the world body said.
The change will benefit bowlers and more batsmen will be given out once on-field decisions are referred as the “zone” the ball needs to hit for the decision to be overturned has increased.
In a decision concerning calling of ‘no-balls’, the ICC said trials allowing the third umpire to call ‘no-balls’ instead of his on-field colleagues would take place over coming months to better understand whether the third umpire could use instant replays to call ‘no-balls’ more accurately.
“The trial is likely to be staged during one of the upcoming ODI series, and the third umpire will judge ‘no balls’ within a few seconds of the ball being delivered and communicate this to the on-field umpire. Further details relating to the trial will be announced once finalised,” the ICC said.
Saudi Arabia was today unanimously elected as the International Cricket Council’s 39th Associate Member during its Full Council meeting in Edinburgh.
Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) has been an Affiliate Member of the ICC since 2003 and, as per the 2014 census, boasts 4,350 cricketers and 80 dedicated cricket facilities.
Recently, the SCC signed a lucrative three-year deal with MoneyGram, which is also one of the ICC’s valued partners.
The SCC invested a large chunk from this sponsorship towards the staging of a domestic tournament in which 1,800 players from 106 clubs participated.
The SCC’s application for Associate Membership had been pre-approved by the ICC Development Committee during its October 2015 meeting, which was followed by a full application and an ICC inspection in March 2016.
Congratulating the SCC, ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “I congratulate Saudi Cricket Centre on becoming an Associate Member of the ICC and hope it will continue to play its positive and active role in promoting and developing the game in its territory.”
The 53-member Full Council unanimously ratified the suspensions of the USA Cricket Association (USACA) and the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), which were suspended in June 2015 and April 2016, respectively.
However, Manohar announced that ICC delegations comprising Board Directors and senior management will visit the two countries to meet with the relevant stakeholders and provide an update during the October meetings.
Manohar also thanked outgoing ICC President Zaheer Abbas for his contribution.
“I take this opportunity to thank ICC President Zaheer Abbas for his latest contribution in a lifetime of service to cricket. I am sure he will continue to grace the game he has adorned for so long.”
Source: indianexpress

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