ICC news December 27, 2013

Officiating Replay System trial for Pakistan-SL series

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC will be trialling the use of the Officiating Replay System (ORS) during the final ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi today, as well as during the first Test between the two at the same venue next week, the National has reported.

The system was trialled during the Ashes in England earlier this year, where Nigel Llong sat in a separate broadcast truck and effectively mirrored the role of the third umpire Kumar Dharmasena during the third Test at Old Trafford. Llong didn't have the authority to adjudicate but had more control over replays.

For the ongoing series, Richard Kettleborough is expected to sit in a separate room containing a giant monitor with many camera angles available, giving him the option to choose which replay he wants to see, including Hawk-Eye.

The ORS is a key experiment in the ICC's continuing bid to improve the Decision Review System (DRS). Though the DRS is used in most international matches barring those involving India, its usage, implementation and efficiency continues to be debated. The ORS aims to iron out one key drawback in the current system, by allowing TV umpires to have control of the replays they can see, an improvement over the current scenario where they depend on replays provided by the broadcasters.

At the time of its first trial in August, the role was effectively seen as one that combined that of a third umpire and TV broadcast director. Kettleborough, however, will have no impact on the decisions in the matches itself, as Richard Illingworth is the official TV umpire for the ODI.

The ICC is hoping to factor in the feedback by Kettleborough and Llong, as it tries to strengthen the case for universal implementation, in some form, of the DRS.

It is also believed that giving the umpire greater control over replays will eliminate possible broadcast biases, thereby easing the concerns of boards, particularly the BCCI. One of the other aims of the ICC from this trial is to speed up the process of DRS, which is one of the most common criticisms of the system.

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  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Without Hotspot even 3rd umpire is clueless when it comes to edges, today we saw a poor decision by the 3rd umpire against Mathews, no derivation, no visible evidence but umpire gave him out just because he heard two sounds

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    But i completely disagree with Mathews given out when there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Split screen proved that the sound came after the ball passed the bat and hit the pad.Just because there was two sounds it can't be given. Two sounds was because it hit the flap of the pad on the way

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Feel this is a step in the right direction. Whether BCCI will agree to it, is a different matter altogether.

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    This is a work in the right direction.

  • Fayyaz on December 27, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    ORS seems to be very necessary to avoid those possible broadcast biases which may hurt a side in a crunch situation even after using DRS. One of the biggest example is the overturned LBW Decision of Ajmal vs Tendulker in WC2011

  • Dummy4 on December 27, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    if successful then the umpire monitoring should be given control to give on field umpire a suggestion about any decision. If it is just to help tv umpire then it will be only effective when matter is referred to third umpire. and certain errors by on field umpires will stay same. and tv umpires do make correct decisions most of the times.

  • Johann on December 27, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Thanks for the firm stand of BCCI against current DRS. That make ICC to an error free DRS with the help of ORS. well done.

  • Android on December 27, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    ORS very helpful both batsman and bowler !!!

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