The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the Decision Review System (DRS) and lbw laws that will favour bowlers against the batsmen. ICC amended the laws to help the bowlers in a batting friendly format.
As per the changed laws, more batsmen will be given lbw when the fielding captain asks for a not out decision to be referred to the third umpire, under the new DRS protocol.
This law will reduce the amount of power on field umpire has. Now a fielding team will have an opportunity get a wicket even after it is a call from umpire but will be converted into ‘out’.
The changed facets of laws have created a zone in which more than half of the ball must hit the pad for not out decisions to be overturned has been increased. And the zone in which the ball tracking projection needed to show more than half the ball hitting the stumps has also been increased. So the bowlers have a large target to aim at, and batsmen, as well as the on-field umpires decision, are less protected than before.
Meanwhile, the previous DRS conditions, for a not out lbw decision to be overturned, the ball needed to have hit the pad well in like with the stumps and the projection needed to show the ball pretty much crashing into the stumps. Now for such decisions to be overturned , more than half the ball still needs to hit the pad in line with the stumps, but not as much as before , and more than half the ball still needs to hit the stumps, but no as certainly as before.
So now the expectation is to see more reviews of not out for lbw decisions, more on-field decisions being overturned and, in time, perhaps more lbw appeals being upheld on the field.
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