ICC news September 18, 2013

Reviews to be reset after 80 overs

ESPNcricinfo staff

The number of reviews available for a team in a Test innings will be topped-up to two after 80 overs in an innings. The system will be trialed from October 1, 2013 in all Tests where the Decision Review System (DRS) is available, the ICC announced on Wednesday in Dubai after its Chief Executives' Meeting (CEC).

Currently, a team is allowed up to two unsuccessful reviews for the entire duration of the innings. Under the new system, it will have two reviews - irrespective of how many it has used up - after the 80th over of the same innings.

The other notable decision taken at the meeting centered around ODI playing conditions. The ICC has retained - after hearing arguments from both sides - the rule stipulating two new balls to be used from either end but, for an ODI reduced to 25 overs or less at the start of an innings, only one new ball will be used per innings. This will also come into effect from October 1, 2013.

The CEC has asked the ICC Cricket Committee to look into the development of a ball that can last the full 50 overs of an innings whilst still providing a fair balance between bat and ball.

The existing two-ball rule came into force from October 2011 after the ICC Cricket Committee recommended it. However, all four Asian countries believe such a rule has proved to be deterrent to their slow bowlers, who play an integral part in the team structure.

The topic of DRS was expected to dominate the discussions during the two-day meeting, after the system came under fire during the recent Ashes series in England. The CEC reviewed the performance of the DRS during the series and received an update on a technology trial that was conducted during the Old Trafford Test. A paper produced by the Australia and England cricket boards was also discussed.

The CEC has proposed that a Working Group be formed to consider how the ICC should best use technology in umpire decision-making in the future, apart from the top-up recommendation. The effectiveness of the Real-time Snickometer, used to detect faint edges, was also discussed and an independent assessment of this technology will also be conducted before it is included in the list of DRS approved technologies.

Regarding over-rates, the CEC approved the umpires' intention to become stricter on poor over-rates and time wasting and to maximise playing time in safe playing conditions.

The ICC also confirmed that the launch of the World Test Championship will take place in Dubai in October, coinciding with the start of the Pakistan-South Africa Test series.

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  • mansoor on September 20, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Yes, YES YES !! The 3rd Umpire shd eradicate HOWLERS, Iresspective of ANYTHING. If Broad's howler had been ERADICATED, Inspite of....... The 2013 Ashes Series wld hv been less acrimonious, and perhaps MORE ENJOYABLE.[Aussies might hv won the test]

  • vas on September 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Hotspot, hawkeye and snico are too intrusive. Field umpires and players make decisions on the field without technological aids. To detect howlers you don't need intrusive technologies. These technological aids only narrow the margin of errors and There will still be errors.You only need replays to remove howlers. Leave the rest to on field umpires. Just accept on field umpires' instinctive decisions on 50-50 calls.

  • Mark on September 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    IF reviews are reset at 80 overs and you cannot carry them over, captains will feel forced to use up the remaining reviews as the 80th over approaches....

  • Peter on September 20, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    The opportunity of more reviews later in the innings? Shane Watson and his big left pad must be relieved

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Viewers feel bad when replays confirm howlers, which are currently too many. Official replays preventing this from happening are welcome. Too simple. If somebody thinks otherwise, he's not a lover of the game. Again, too simple. I don't understand at all why some people are allowed to stand in the way.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Posted by Dean Frenkel on (September 19, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

    Nice sincere view point made by you. 3rd Umpires should be consistent & should act instantly by communicating with on field umpires about their decisions or what we will witness that some of them would find some context from text book to justify their biased views. e.g. Broad's non-dismissal of caught behind in the first slip in recent ashes and people talk about in favour of Broad. It's all about uniformity in decision making that required.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    I wonder how significant is the impact of the two new ball for non-asian teams. Eng,South African and to some extent Aussie and NZ pace bowlers have benefitted a lot. I think it def. tips the balance of skills.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    The obvious problem is that the third umpire should over-rule any clear mistake without teams having one or two appeals. It's all about getting decisions right and stopping the howlers.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Bizarre, I demand a DRS on this decision of ICC. I pity the umpires, as when in doubt have to seek help from players to review their decision. The direction in which ICC is moving, the day is near when umpires have to beg players to Review on every shout/appeal..

  • VENKATESA on September 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I think the general idea of the usage of DRS is to eliminate howlers and so this decision will not help the cause much.. Instead if each decision is reviewed by a fully trained third ump / an analyst and if feedback is given to the umpire in case a very poor decision is made by him, then the batsman should be called back.. This process can take at the most 2 mins if done by trained people and will not delay the game much.. Also the technology should implemented by the ICC themselves and they should not depend on the broadcaster instead..