ICC modifies lbw review, decides to retain umpires’ call

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council decided on several important things in its meeting held on Thursday. The board recently took the most essential decision regarding the umpires’ call which was in dispute after recent series between India and England. It was agreed in the meeting that the review system of the decision of the umpires will remain part of the DRS match. Although some changes have been made in the DRS rules in this current meeting, the umpires have decided to retain the call.

The ICC further stated: “A player will be able to ask the umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding to review an LBW decision.” The ICC introduced three minor changes to the DRS and third umpire protocols.

During the second Test of the recent series between India and England, the umpires’ call was in dispute. As per the new rule, the bowler or fielding captain could ask the umpire if the player has played a shot or not and then go for a review.

“The third umpire will check a replay of any short-run that has been called and correct any error prior to the next ball being bowled,” said the ICC.

The ICC also said that the regulations, like a ban on the use of saliva and home umpires, brought into effect due to Covid-19, will continue. “The interim COVID-19 regulations that were introduced in 2020 to allow international cricket to resume as quickly and safely as possible will continue to be applied,” said the statement.

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“These were as follows: the flexibility to be able to appoint the home umpires where neutral umpires were previously required — (1) the additional DRS review per team per innings in all formats; (2) the ban on using saliva to polish the ball, and (3) the availability of a COVID-19 replacement in Test matches,” ICC further said.

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