Cricket takes new look at TV re­plays

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

CRICKET’S gov­ern­ing body has fur­thered the process of im­prov­ing the much-de­bated de­ci­sion re­view sys­tem (DRS) by pro­vid­ing di­rect re­plays to a non- match um­pire, a trial also ex­per­i­mented ear­lier this year.

To im­prove um­pir­ing de­ci­sions in in­ter­na­tional matches, the ICC in­tro­duced DRS in 2008 on a trial ba­sis.

The sys­tem al­lows both teams to chal­lenge de­ci­sions made by on-field um­pires, and have them re­ferred to the TV of­fi­cial.

Ini­tially each team was al­lowed three un­suc­cess­ful chal­lenges per in­nings in a Test – later re­duced to two. One ap­peal is al­lowed in oneday in­ter­na­tion­als.

The ICC ear­lier this year ap­proved that, af­ter 80 overs in a Test in­nings, the re­views will be re­set to two per team.

In a trial con­ducted dur­ing the fifth and fi­nal oneday game be­tween Pak­istan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day, var­i­ous cam­era in­puts were taken from the broad­cast, and were viewed by a non-match um­pire on a sys­tem com­pletely in­de­pen­dent of the TV cov­er­age, and in­de­pen­dent of the game.

The sys­tem was tri­alled ear­lier this year be­tween Aus­tralia and Eng­land.

Eng­land’s Richard Ket­tle­bor­ough, not of­fi­ci­at­ing the match, used di­rect pic­tures of the Pak­istan-Sri Lanka match which al­lowed him to use var­i­ous an­gles and judge in a bet­ter way as com­pared to the ex­ist­ing sys­tem in which re­plays are pro­vided by the broad­cast­ers.

The new sys­tem, called the of­fi­ci­at­ing re­view sys­tem (ORS), is in line with the ICC Board’s de­ci­sions to im­prove the DRS sys­tem to make faster and more ac­cu­rate de­ci­sions.

The ICC said the trial was al­ways planned for the Ashes Test and had noth­ing to do with the crit­i­cism of the DRS dur­ing the se­ries.

The of­fi­ci­at­ing re­view sys­tem will also be tri­alled this week in the Abu Dhabi Test be­tween Pak­istan and Sri Lanka be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion on its im­ple­men­ta­tion is taken. – Sapa-AFP

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