The controversial Decision Review System (DRS) should be used in all international matches, the cricket committee of the International Cricket Council recommended on Wednesday.
“The committee, while recognising the need to take account of existing (television) contracts, unanimously recommended the system be used in all Test matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20s,” committee chairman Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain, told a news conference here at Lord's following the conclusion of a two-day meeting.
He added teams should be restricted to one unsuccessful challenge per innings in one-day and Twenty20 games, rather than the current two to stop what Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager for cricket, called the ‘tactical' use of reviews.
The system, whereby players can challenge on-field decisions, was used in all matches throughout the recent World Cup in the subcontinent.
But for all other major international matches the agreement, in practice, of both sides is required although responsibility technically rests with the home board.
However, world champion India has been opposed to the system almost from its inception and a controversial lbw decision during its World Cup tied match with England.
Nevertheless, Richardson insisted: “The level of believability in ball-tracking systems has improved.
Hope India will accept
“Hopefully, member boards and the India board will take cognisance of that. We need consistency. It confuses the players and viewers if one series has DRS and the other not. Let us use it in every series possible.”
The committee also said that Non-Test nations should be given the chance to qualify for the World Cup.
Under plans announced during an ICC summit in Mumbai last month, participation at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups is set to be restricted to just the 10 Full-Member or Test nations of the global governing body.
That caused uproar in associate or non-Test countries such as Ireland, which beat England in Bangalore at this year's World Cup and nearly qualified for the quarterfinals.
However, Sharad Pawar, the Indian president of the ICC, subsequently called for the proposal to be reviewed.
Richardson said the committee would be recommending a qualification series.
The committee also recommended two separate balls, one from each end, be used in the course of a one-day international innings, rather than the current system whereby the ball is changed after 34 overs of a maximum 50 overs per side match.
To prevent staidness
It also suggested one bowling and batting Power Play from overs 16-40, putting both into the middle block of overs where there has been a complaint that one-day games can become staid.
And the committee called for a captain to be suspended for one match if his side was twice found guilty of a slow over-rate in the same format during a 12-month period rather than in three matches, as is presently the case.
It also said an injured batsman should no longer be able to call for a runner in international matches.
But with regard to floodlit Test cricket, the committee said more research into the durability of coloured balls that would be used under lights was required before it could give the go-ahead.
The cricket committee's recommendations must be approved by the ICC's main board before it comes into force. The board's next meeting is in Hong Kong from June 26-30. — AFP