Cricket: Umpire review system to stay

Cricket's controversial umpire decision review system (DRS) will be used at the 2011 World Cup despite the technology causing splits amongst players.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), meeting at Lord's on Friday, also decided that the DRS should be introduced as soon as possible in all Test series.

"The ICC Cricket Committee recommends that DRS, subject to agreement with ICC broadcaster partners ESPN Star Sports, should be used in all matches in the World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka," said an ICC statement.

As in Test cricket, each team will be allowed two referrals per innings to the third umpire who can replay the incident immediately via television pictures.

The system, however, hasn't been warmly welcomed by all teams and was at the centre of an embarrassing row in January during the Johannesburg Test between South Africa and England.

England complained after television umpire Daryl Harper failed to overturn a not out decision against South African captain Graeme Smith because Harper allegedly failed to turn up the sound on an audio feed from the stump microphone.

To help cure similar future problems, the ICC agreed that a minimum standard of technology, such as ball tracking, including in the third umpire room, should be introduced.

Amongst other decisions, the ICC Cricket Committee also supported, in principle, research into a reduction in the number of teams in the World Cup but more in the World Twenty20.

In an attempt to alter the balance of power when it comes to the switch hit/reverse sweep shot, the batsman will now be prevented from changing his grip or stance before the bowler enters his delivery stride.

Should the bowler see a batsman change his grip or stance prior to the delivery stride the bowler can decide not to bowl the ball.

The ICC also agreed that batsmen trying to steal ground when the bowler is running in to bowl should be discouraged.

Regulations will be looked at that require a batsman to remain in his crease until the bowler's front foot lands.

- AFP

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