ICC is set to change a controversial law to give bowler a favour
ICC’s benefit of doubt clause will soon remove from the rule book as the law created a stir in recent time.
At present, at least half the ball has to be hitting between the inside half of leg and off stump for an lbw decision to be overturned in favor of the bowler by the third umpire.
However, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, who now sits on the ICC’s cricket committee, has revealed a change to the rule has been discussed and will likely be recommended to the governing body.
“We’ve decided that the 50 per cent rule should be reduced to 25 per cent,” he told ESPN on Thursday.
“The MCC rule book says if it hits the wicket any part, it should be given out. So you’re going away from all that with the DRS 50 per cent rule.”
Under the new rules, only 25 per cent of the ball would need to be hitting the stump for a decision to be overturned.
The issue was brought to the table again on the opening day of the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lords on Wednesday when Jonny Bairstow survived an extremely tight review when on 57.
The Englishman eventually went to stumps unbeaten on 107, while the Sri Lankans were left even more frustrated by the fact the tough decision – which came back as “umpire’s call” – robbed them of one of their two reviews.
However, Jayawardene is confident a change in the rules would alleviate fielding captains of this issue.
“If you take 25 per cent out, the stat says that 75 to 80 percent of the decisions that were called umpire calls in the past will be taken out and be given out,” he said.
“You think the benefit of the doubt when sometimes umpires are considering those margins, that 25 percent is OK, but I think 50 per cent is too much.”
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