Umpire review trials extended

The ICC was pleased with the initial success of the review system and wants to have it one more Test series.

updated: September 16, 2008 09:03 IST
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Following the immense success of the umpire decision review system used on a trial basis in the recent India-Sri Lanka series in July-August this year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is now planning to extend it to other Test series too.

"That was a very positive piece of work we attended to at the (ICC) Chief Executive's Committee (CEC) meeting," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said at a press conference here Thursday.

Under the new system, a batsman or the captain of the fielding side can ask for a review of an umpire's decision. Each side is allowed three such reviews an innings.

"There were lots of reports about the positive outcome of that trial system. And, in fact, what the chief executive committee has recommended is to extend that trial so that we could get it in all the series coming up until the cricket committee meets sometime in May at which point they will make decide on the future of the system," Lorgat said.

He said that the ICC wanted as many umpires and match referees as possible to experience that trial system over the next four bilateral series.

The trial run of the system would then include all Test playing nations.

"My recollection (from the CEC meeting) is that it would involve all of the Test-playing nations and it may well involve all of the umpires and match referees as far as possible," Lorgat said.

The ICC CEC meeting here Wednesday received a report on the trial of the umpire decision review system used in the India-Sri Lanka series from ICC umpires' and referees' manager Vince van der Bijl and ICC umpires' manager Doug Cowie.