A host of changes is being done to the Decision Review System (DRS) including concussion subs, bat sizes and run-outs.
The Decision Review System could be introduced for all Twenty20 international games, while teams will not lose a review when an LBW referral comes back as ‘umpire’s call’ as recommended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The influential 15-member committee, which is chaired by India coach Anil Kumble and includes Australia coach Darren Lehmann as well as legends like Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid and Andrew Strauss, met in London this week to examine and consider a number of issues and also to endorse a list of changes made by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) earlier this year.
Under the proposed changes, teams would no longer lose a review for an ‘umpire’s call’ LBW call, but the current 80-over top up of reviews in Test cricket would be scrapped. It would leave teams with just two reviews for the entire innings, while teams would continue to have one review per limited-overs innings.
The idea of allowing the use of concussion of substitutes also came in light. Cricket Australia had already introduced concussion substitutes for the domestic limited-overs matches, but it requires approval from the ICC to implement it in the first-class cricket as well.
During last year’s England vs Pakistan ODI series, the committee looked into the matter when the TV Umpire observed the front line for all deliveries in order to better adjudicate no-balls. The committee recommended the practice be adopted in all international matches by using instant replays.
The adoption of a host of changes made by the MCC to its Code of Laws has also been recommended, including an official limit on the thickness of bats, which would be restricted in a bid to redress the balance between bat and ball. The new maximum permitted dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
A change will also be made to protect batsman from ‘bouncing bat’ run outs, meaning a batsman who has already grounded their bat beyond the popping crease before it then bounces and loses contact with the safe territory when the wicket is put down, will not be run out.
Umpires will also be granted new powers to remove players from the field or award penalty runs in a bid to prevent the poor player behaviour. The committee also expressed unanimous support for the implementation of a new Test cricket competition to add context to the longest form of the game, and for the future involvement of cricket in the Olympic Games.
If ICC approves, then definitely these rules would come into effect from October 1.
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