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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