The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants the umpire Decision Review System (DRS) for all Test matches “as soon as possible”.
The apex cricket body’s Cricket Committee, after a two-day meeting at the Lord’s, said on Friday that it wants to end the present situation where national associations can opt out of DRS.
The committee recommended that DRS, subject to agreement with ICC broadcaster partners ESPN Star Sports, should be used in all matches at next year’s World Cup. As in Test cricket each team will be allowed two referrals per innings. It was also recommended that further consideration should be given to using DRS in ODI cricket after the World Cup.
Day and Night Test next year
The committee also said that it is looking at developing a coloured ball for day-night Tests. It is hoping to stage the first nighttime Test match by October 2011. It will commission research into the ideal colour for the balls to be used in such matches.
Switch hit/reverse hit
The committee’s chairman, Clive Lloyd, also said that they would take no action to outlaw switch-hitting. However, it said, that a batsman can reverse their grip on the bat, switching the bottom hand for the top, only after the bowler has entered the delivery area. If they do so earlier, a bowler is entitled to withdraw from his run up and the umpire will warn the batsman for wasting time.
Pollard, South Africa fined
West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard was today fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct during his team's second T20 International match against South Africa here. South Africa were also fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 13-run victory on Thursday. They play their first one-dayer on Saturday.