Teams will be allowed two extra reviews per innings in Test matches as part of a trial set up by the International Cricket Council (ICC) starting next month.

The ICC said a team’s referral count would be topped up to two reviews after 80 overs of an innings in matches where the DRS is used. The trial starts on October 1, meaning it should be in operation for the Ashes series in Australia starting in November.

The use of DRS was one of the key issues discussed at a two-day meeting of the ICC chief executives’ committee here in the wake of the recent Ashes series in England that was blighted by contentious umpiring decisions.

The ICC will set up a working group to consider the role of technology in umpire decision-making, and announced it would clamp down on slow over-rates.

“Following due consideration of the cricket committee’s views and the arguments for and against retaining the two new balls provision, opinions of the CEC members remained divided and, as such, the current playing condition remains as is,” the ICC release said.

“The CEC also approved the ICC cricket committee’s recommendation that in an ODI reduced to 25 overs or less prior to the start of the first innings, only one new ball will be used per innings. This regulation will come into effect from October 1, 2013. “The CEC asked the ICC cricket committee to prioritise investigations into the development of a ball that can last the full 50 overs of an innings whilst still providing a fair balance between bat and ball,” the release said

World Test championship

The ICC also confirmed the launch of World Test championship in October, coinciding with the start of the Pakistan-South Africa Test series.

Among other decisions, the ICC also amended the Code of Conduct as previously agreed by the ICC board at the June meeting, preventing the tactic of a team switching its captain to avoid an over rate suspension on the captain.

ICC also confirmed an amendment to the ICC Player Eligibility Regulations as previously agreed by the ICC board at the June meeting, providing that the standout period for a full member player who wishes to return to his original associate or affiliate member status shall be reduced from four years to two years. — Agencies


  • ICC will set up a working group to consider the role of technology in umpire decision-making

  • ICC amends the Code of Conduct and Player Eligibility Regulations


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