The World Cricket Committee met with the law-making MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in Adelaide for discussing many topics including the topics of contentious DRS (Decision Review System) on Friday 27th November; which was also the inaugural day of the day-night Test match. The World Cricket Committee has proposed a change to the current DRS system in the meeting.

Some biggest names in world cricket are featuring in the World Cricket Committee, including Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara. The committee is an independent body funded by the MCC, who are the acknowledged guardians of the laws and spirit of the game. David Richardson, the International Cricket Council chief executive, who is also a committee member, said the governing body is paying close attention to the ideas of the MCC think-tank.

The committee released a statement that there should have been no loss of a review for the fielding side if the ball was shown to be clipping the stumps in the umpire’s call zone. That could have then allowed the removal of the reallocation of two reviews after 80 overs.

The issue came under light from the second Test in Perth when New Zealand used their final review to refer a confident leg-before wicket appeal on Day 1 against Australia. Ball-tracking technology suggested it was hitting the top of middle stump.



But with just under 50 percent of the ball considered to hit the wicket, the decision was regarded the umpire’s call and New Zealand lost that important final challenge.

The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) have always opposed to the DRS and they remained in this decision till the date. The MCC hopes an upcoming Massachusetts Institute of Technology report on the accuracy of DRS technologies would satisfied to the BCCI.

The think-tank was also impressed by a report from Simon Taufel, the former ICC umpire, on technology designed to allow the third umpire to monitor no-balls. The committee said, “A fast, automated system for the calling of front-foot no-balls would be a welcome enhancement to the game”.

The committee also showed there worry about the imbalance of bat and ball and the excessive domination of home advantage in the test cricket.

“Other factors to be considered include the quality of pitches, marketing, ticket pricing, access for children, spectator experience and finding ways of making sure that each country’s best players are available,” The committee told about the help to grow interest for the fans in the test cricket.



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