MCC think-tank pro­poses DRS rule change

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ADE­LAIDE: The in­flu­en­tial World Cricket Com­mit­tee has pro­posed a change to the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem (DRS), the law-making Maryle­bone Cricket Club said yes­ter­day. The group, fea­tur­ing some of the big­gest names in world cricket in­clud­ing for­mer Aus­tralia cap­tains Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting and Sri Lankan great Ku­mar San­gakkara, is an in­de­pen­dent body funded by the MCC, who are the ac­knowl­edged guardians of the laws and spirit of the game. In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son who is also a com­mit­tee mem­ber, said the gov­ern­ing body is pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the ideas of the MCC think-tank.

The com­mit­tee met in Ade­laide ahead of the in­au­gu­ral day-night Test, discussing many top­ics in­clud­ing the con­tentious DRS.”There should be no loss of a re­view for the field­ing side if the ball is shown to be clip­ping the stumps in the um­pire’s call zone,” the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment. “This could then al­low the re­moval of the re­al­lo­ca­tion of two re­views af­ter 80 overs.” The is­sue was high­lighted in last week’s sec­ond trans-Tas­man Test in Perth when New Zealand used their fi­nal re­view to re­fer a con­fi­dent leg be­fore wicket ap­peal on day one. Ball-track­ing tech­nol­ogy sug­gested it was hit­ting the top of mid­dle stump.

But with just un­der 50 per­cent of the ball pre­dicted to hit the wicket, the ver­dict was deemed the um­pire’s call and New Zealand lost the re­main­ing chal­lenge. The MCC group hoped an up­com­ing Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy re­port on the ac­cu­racy of DRS tech­nolo­gies would con­vince scep­ti­cal In­dia to fi­nally em­brace the sys­tem. The think-tank was also im­pressed by a re­port from for­mer Test um­pire Si­mon Taufel on tech­nol­ogy de­signed to al­low the third um­pire to mon­i­tor no-balls. “A fast, au­to­mated sys­tem for the call­ing of front-foot noballs would be a wel­come en­hance­ment to the game,” the com­mit­tee said.

The com­mit­tee also ex­pressed con­cern about the lack of bal­ance be­tween bat and ball and the fact home ad­van­tage car­ries too much sig­nif­i­cance in Test cricket. The group, a long-time sup­porter of day-night Tests, sug­gested a wider process was re­quired to help boost in­ter­est in Test cricket. “Other fac­tors to be con­sid­ered in­clude the qual­ity of pitches, mar­ket­ing, ticket pric­ing, ac­cess for chil­dren, spec­ta­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and find­ing ways of making sure that each coun­try’s best play­ers are avail­able,” the com­mit­tee noted. —AFP

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