Thursday 19 June 2008 

ICC Gives Umpires More Power After Edgbaston Wash Out

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given umpires power to reduce the length of intervals between innings following the no-result between England and New Zealand on Wednesday.

The second One Day International between England and New Zealand ended without a result after the rain-affected match was abandoned one over short of getting a result.

"Where the innings of the side batting first is delayed or interrupted, the umpires will reduce the length of the interval," the ICC said in a statement.

On Wednesday, there was a 30-minute interval between the innings even though much of the day's play had been washed out.

© Reuters 2008