ICC Cricket Committee Recommends ODI Changes
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has recommended further changes be made to One-Day International cricket.
In a report ready to go before the ICC Board in June, they recommend a reduction in the number of powerplay overs, changes to field settings and allowing bowlers to be able to deliver two short balls per over.
They believe forcing batting and bowling powerplays to be taken between the 16th and 40th over has had little impact on the game, hence advising a reduction. They also recommend that only four players outside of the 30 metre circle should be allowed during non-powerplay overs.
"The committee was mindful of the need to avoid continual changes but was determined to complete the process initiated last year to enhance the format," David Richardson, ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.
"It is now confident that these recommendations for ODI cricket, which showed its popularity during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, will help create an even more attractive spectacle as we approach the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which will be held in Australia and New Zealand."
The Committee lent its support to recent moves to continue with the ICC World Twenty20 as a biennal event and expand from 12 to 16 teams in 2014.
Moving to Test cricket, and hearing a report that over rates are at their highest for five years, they neverthless made recommendation to further improve this statistic. They recommend that no drinks should be brought onto the field of play at all except during a drinks break and that players should be ready to resume play immediately when a decision review is completed.
The committee affirmed that in its view, "depending on the ability to finance the technology, that DRS (Decision Review System) should be implemented universally in Test and ODI cricket."
An average increase in correct decisions in ODIs of 4.27% and in Tests of 5.01% was noted with DRS in use.
"The committee noted that the improvements in DRS technology and that DRS has almost totally eradicated player-dissent. This is an extremely beneficial side effect of the DRS.
"We have always said that DRS was there to assist the umpires in getting more decisions correct and eradicating the obvious mistakes. The statistics demonstrate that it has been effective in that objective. The committee re-affirmed this as the aim."
The committee recommends that no change should be made to the current regulations regarding the reverse sweep and switch hit shots due to the high-risk nature of the shot.
Full details of the meeting are attached.
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