The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved changes in the Leg Before Wicket (LBW) decision rules for umpires using the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), a move expected to benefit bowlers.
The International Cricket Council, however, put off plans for a radical shake-up of the game, including creation of two divisions in Test and a new one-day league.
The sport’s world governing body’s annual meeting concluded in Edinburgh on Saturday, with the board deliberating over several issues under the chairmanship of Shashank Manohar, the former India cricket chief.
The ICC has said for an on-field LBW decision to be overturned by the third umpire, half of the ball would need to hit a zone of the stumps that also borders the outside of off or leg stumps. Earlier, half of the ball would need to hit a zone between the centre of off or leg stumps.
“The size of the zone inside which half the ball needs to hit for a Not-Out decision to be reversed to Out will increase, changing to a zone bordered by the outside of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails (formerly the centre of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails),” it said in a statement.
The change comes into effect from October 1 or from the start of any series using DRS that commences prior to the date.
The change will benefit bowlers as the “zone” the ball needs to hit for the decision to be overturned has increased.
Trials would be held allowing the third umpire to call ‘no balls’ using instant replay instead of on-field colleagues. These would help to understand if the third umpire can use replays to call ‘no balls’ more accurately.
“The trial is likely to be staged during one of the upcoming ODI series, and the third umpire will judge ‘no balls’ within a few seconds of the ball being delivered and communicate this to the on-field umpire,” the ICC said.
Amid concerns from smaller nations such as Bangladesh that they risked permanent exile to the ‘second division’, the ICC deferred a decision on a new landscape for the international game. It will hold a workshop at its Dubai headquarters in early September.
“The ICC chief executives’ committee held constructive discussions about the structure of international cricket and the establishment of new competitions in all three formats. Members were updated on the progress of the project, and all understood that more detail is needed before any final decisions can be made,” the ICC said.
About restructuring, the ICC said a draft of a new constitution would be prepared in the coming weeks for consideration by the board at its October meetings.
The ICC had undertaken the responsibility of reviewing the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes to improve and enhance its image by putting in place fair and transparent processes, Manohar said.
The ICC also agreed to support the inclusion of a women’s cricket event in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban and will submit an application for the same.