x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

ICC to trial extra DRS in matches, starting with Test series in UAE

Test teams will be allowed two extra decision reviews after 80 overs of an innings for a trial period starting on October 1, cricket’s world governing body announced Wednesday.

DRS came under criticism from both England and Australia during the recent Ashes series. Peter Powell / EPA
DRS came under criticism from both England and Australia during the recent Ashes series. Peter Powell / EPA

DRS came under scrutiny during Ashes, while Snicko could also be implemented

DUBAI // Test teams will be allowed two extra decision reviews after 80 overs of an innings for a trial period starting on October 1, cricket’s world governing body announced Wednesday.

The decision was among measures agreed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at a chief executives’ committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai.

It means the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) could be modified before the Ashes return series starting in Australia in November.

Pakistan’s two-Test series with South Africa, which starts on October 14 in Abu Dhabi, is likely to be the first run under the new rules, with DRS scheduled to be used.

At present teams are allowed only two reviews an innings, with some critics saying that is already too many.

“A trial will be conducted whereby a team’s referrals will be topped up to two reviews after 80 overs of an innings,” the ICC said in a statement.

“This trial will start from October 1, 2013 in all Test matches in which the DRS is used, with the results being monitored and considered by the working group.”

The change comes after an Ashes series in which the DRS came under criticism from both England and Australia.

The ICC were forced to fly out their general manager for cricket, Geoff Allardice, midway through the series to meet both sides after they lodged official complaints about the DRS.

The third umpires’ use of the system, as well as perceived anomalies in some of the technology including Hot Spot, were highlighted as problem areas.

The CEC yesterday acted on those concerns – and an update on a technology trial conducted during the third Test at Old Trafford – by agreeing to set up a working group to look at ways to better use the system and train umpires.

It also suggested that Real-Time Snickometer – which is only used by television networks covering matches – could be included in the list of DRS technology available to third umpires.

On the issue of including Snicko, the statement said: “Noting that most of the contentious decisions relate to faint edges, the performance of the Real-Time Snickometer during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and the Ashes, and the potential to use this technology to assist the umpires in making these decisions was ALSO discussed.

“An independent assessment of this technology will be conducted before a decision is made on its inclusion in the list of approved DRS technologies.”

Another major talking point during the Ashes was the umpires’ decision to call the players off for bad light at the end of the fifth Test at The Oval — with England just 21 runs short of victory.

A three-day workshop of international umpires and referees subsequently promised to try to maximise playing time and clamp down on slow over rates, a stance welcomed by the game’s ruling body.

“The CEC also endorsed the umpires’ intention to become far stricter on poor over rates and time wasting and to maximise playing time in conditions where it is safe to do so,” the statement said.

In terms of one-day cricket it was agreed to retain use of two balls during one-day internationals, after the CEC “discussed the matter in detail”.

One ball will be used per innings when one-day matches are reduced to less than 25 overs in the first innings.