Wednesday 18 September 2013 

Teams To Get DRS Reviews 'Topped Up'

Pakistan and England players wait for a decision
Test cricket could be set for more referrals as a trial begins in October
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) has confirmed that a trial will be held in Test cricket from October where teams will have their referrals 'topped up' to two after 80 overs of an innings.

Teams are currently allowed two unsuccessful reviews under the Decision Review System (DRS) for each innings, but from 1st October, will start afresh at 80 overs.

The decision came after a report was prepared following the recent Ashes series, in which a number of reviews and marginal decisions were scrutinised.

Real-time snickometer technology will be independently assessed before it is considered ready for use by third umpires and a Working Group will be constituted to consider how best the ICC can use technology in he future.

Additionally, the CEC endorsed umpires' intention to clamp down harder on poor over-rates, time-wasting and to maximise playing time where possible.

Opinions within the committee remain divided on the use of two new balls in One-Day International cricket but the playing condition will remain.

However, from 1st October, matches which are reduced to less than 25 overs per side will only see one new ball being used.

There was also an amendment to the ICC Player Eligibility Regulation which confirms that a Full Member player wishing to return to his original Associate or Affiliate Member need only complete a standout period of two years, as opposed to the current four years.

"It has been an excellent engagement in which we discussed a series of issues, some of which will be taken forward to the ICC Board which will meet in London next month," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.

"The unanimous support for the authority of the umpires and commitment to the Spirit of Cricket was particularly pleasing."

The CEC comprises the Chief Executives of all 10 Full Members, three Associate Member representatives, the ICC Chief Executive, the ICC President and the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee.

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