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|The Decision Review System (DRS), which is gaining popularity because of its usefulness in cricket, has been recommended for all tests and ODIs by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This move should put an end to disputes about umpires’ calls on field.
After a two-day meeting, the chief executives’ committee recommended to the ICC Board that if members can finance and obtain the required technology then “DRS should be mandatory for all tests and ODIs” to avoid disputes during matches.
Ina statement about the current situation, ICC’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat was quoted on Monday, saying that the game’s governing body has made good progress in “independently testing ball tracking and the new enhancements has resulted in the CEC unanimously supporting the ICC cricket committee’s recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all test matches and ODIs.”
The ICC’s Chief Executive Committee (CEC) was reportedly satisfied with “computer vision technology” expert Ed Rosten’s independent research on ball tracking.
In one of the latest matches where DRS wasn’t used, Sri Lanka faced visitors Pakistan in a test match, and after numerous questionable calls by umpires Steve Davis (Australia) and Ian Gould (England), this issue came up stronger than ever. The Lankans had used DRS technology during their home series against England, but did not opt for it for the 3-test series against Pakistan, a move that surprised Pakistan’s coach Dav Whatmore.
The CEC also recommended that a minimum of two Hotspot cameras if member countries can financially afford it must be included while the number of successful reviews should be retained at two per innings for tests and one per innings for ODI.
If this ICC decision falls through and all the member countries decide to take it up, it would bring about a lot of change and confidence on the field and a lot of strategy as well. But then again, the ICC’s panel of umpires will not be too happy with it.