Controversies over the Decision Review System (DRS) during the Ashes series in England has elicited a response from the ICC’s Chief Executive Committee. The panel which met in Dubai this week decided that from October 1 teams, on a trial basis, will get two extra reviews if an innings goes beyond 80 overs.
Australia’s Ashes defeat was particularly blighted by England’s Stuart Broad not being ruled out by the umpire despite a clear nick with the Aussies having exhausted both their reviews for the innings.
A working committee will also be formed to analyse technology used in DRS, which was repeatedly found wanting. This panel will also study whether it can include real-time snickometer among the technology used. Currently, broadcasters use a delayed Snicko, for the benefit of TV viewers.
India, staunch opponents of DRS, also oppose the use of two new balls in ODIs because it tilts the balance in favour of pacers but makes it tough for spinners to grip the ball, leaving sub-continent teams at a disadvantage.
While no consensus was arrived at on doing away with the use of two new balls, it was decided to use only one new ball in matches reduced to 25 overs or less from the start.