No UDRS in Ashes, ICC cricket committee wants October roll-out

The much-debated Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during the Ashes series between England and Australia in July.

updated: May 13, 2009 07:43 IST
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The much-debated Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during the Ashes series between England and Australia in July after the ICC's Cricket Committee recommended that the system be rolled out in a phased manner from October.

In a two-day meeting that concluded at Lord's on Tuesday, the ICC Cricket Committee considered the results of the system's trials over the past nine months.

UDRS allowed players to seek a review of the on-field umpires' decisions by the third umpire. The third official, after viewing the television pictures, relayed the information back to the on-field umpire, who then had to decide whether or not to reverse his original decision.

In the first two of the four series involved in the trial, each side was allowed a maximum of three unsuccessful appeals per innings. This was reduced to two per side, per innings for the remaining series that formed part of the trial.

The system evoked mixed reactions with some players and officials saying that it undermined the on-field umpire's authority. A decision on the UDRS will be taken by the Chief Executives' Committee and the ICC Board, which are set to meet at the Lord's during the ICC's annual conference week from June 22 to 26.

The Cricket Committee meeting was chaired for the first time by former West Indies' World Cup winning captain Clive Lloyd, who took over from ex-India skipper Sunil Gavaskar.

The committee considered the results of the UDRS trials and concluded that the system has helped reduce errors. It, however, conceded that the system needed "fine-tuning".

"The committee concluded any possible negatives were far outweighed by the positive effect of ensuring more correct decisions were made."

The committee recommended that the umpires need to be trained to use the UDRS to "ensure maximum levels of consistency in the implementation of the system".

"It was also noted that the use of the UDRS reduced examples of player dissent which may otherwise have occurred following incorrect decisions," the ICC statement added.

"On the basis of its conclusions, the committee recommended that there should be a phased roll-out of the system from October 2009."

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, meanwhile, said UDRS has had a positive impact on the game.

"I'm excited that the committee concluded that the umpire decision review system had a positive effect on the game. It reduced the number of incorrect decisions and also cut down on the instances of player dissent," he said.

The four series in which the UDRS was trialled were Sri Lanka v India (August 2008), New Zealand v West Indies (December 2008), West Indies v England (February/March 2009) and South Africa v Australia (February/March 2009).