The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket Committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, has proposed the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in all Twenty20 Internationals, among a slew of other recommendations during the annual meeting that took place in London recently.
Additionally, the committee suggested that teams shouldn’t lose a review in the event of an LBW review being adjudged as umpire’s call. If the recommendation is approved, then the ‘top-up’ that teams receive after 80 overs in Test cricket will be discontinued. The panel unanimously supported the idea of holding a Test cricket competition in order to add context to the longest format of the game. The committee also batted for cricket to be introduced in Olympics.
The panel took into consideration the new laws of cricket that were proposed by the Marylebone Cricket Club and decided to adopt most of the changes. After various trials and extensive global discussions throughout the professional and amateur game, MCC had recommended the new laws. As per one of the recommendations, it empowers the umpires to send off a player for serious misconduct.
All other offences would come under the gambit of the ICC Code of Conduct. The other two significant recommendations made by the MCC called for a limit to be set on the thickness of the edges and the overall depth of the bat, and bowling of deliberate front foot no-balls to be regarded in same way as deliberate (above the waist) full-tosses.
Kumble, who is also the coach of the Indian team, noted that the DRS system has been improving and functioning well over a period of time. Ever since DRS came into place in 2008, it has divided views, with the the Board of Control for Cricket in India being an vocal opponent of the system.