Anil Kumble-led ICC Committee proposes Test championship, DRS in T20Is
The ICC’s cricket committee has unanimously supported the implementation of a Test championship to provide context to international cricket and recommended use of DRS in all Twenty20 Internationals.cricket Updated: May 25, 2017 18:43 IST
The ICC Cricket Committee, led by former spinner and current India team coach Anil Kumble, has made a number of recommendations to provide context to international cricket during the panel’s meeting in London on May 23-24.
The recommendations primarily suggested greater context to Test cricket, the use of DRS in Twenty20 Internationals and for the game to be involved in the Olympics. If the changes are approved, new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from October 1, an ICC statement said on Thursday.
Greater context to Tests
The cricket committee expressed unanimous support for the implementation of a Test championship. This was necessary to provide context that is seen as vital to sustaining Test cricket.
Currently, bilateral Test series and international tours are governed by the FTP (Future Tours Programme) where each team plays the other away and home over 10 years. In 2013, there was a proposal to replace the ICC Champions Trophy with the World Test Championship in 2017, but it was postponed and ultimately scrapped due to the reservations of broadcasters.
The cricket committee recommendation will go before the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee.
DRS changes in cricket
The other major change recommended by the committee was the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in all Twenty20 Internationals. The other proposed changes to the DRS came in Tests, primarily related to the usage and decision-making.
The committee decided that teams will not lose a review if referral for an LBW dismissal comes back as ‘Umpire’s call’. However, if the proposal is approved, top-up of reviews, which comes after 80 overs would be removed.
Umpires to have all power
The committee has suggested making the on-field umpires powerful by giving them the right to send off players in case of extreme player misconduct. It also proposed restriction on bat dimensions, notably on the thickness of edges and the depth of the willow.
Kumble said the meeting was very fruitful. “Context in the international game is paramount and we welcome the new structure. We have also adopted the majority of laws, including the size of bats and this will help the balance between bat and ball.”
The ICC Cricket committee consists of 15 members. Other than Kumble, the committee consists of stalwarts like former India batsman Rahul Dravid, former Sri Lanka player Mahela Jayawardene, South Africa pace bowler Shaun Pollock and ex-England captain Andrew Strauss.