5 7 2008 12057 l - ICC committee recommends one-over play offs in place of bowl-out

ICC committee recommends one-over play offs in place of bowl-out


DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee has proposed that the bowl-out in the event of a tie in the ICC World Twenty20 or ICC Champions Trophy should be replaced by a one-over-per-team play-off.

This has also been decided to permit players in Test cricket to consult the third umpire for any decision on catch by on-field umpires as to whether the catch has been taken cleanly before making the final decision themselves.

The ICC Cricket Committee’s two-day meeting in Dubai concluded on Tuesday.
The meeting, chaired by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, was attended by former Australia captain Mark Taylor, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding.

It also featured umpire Simon Taufel, chief ICC match referee and former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle, Kenya skipper Steve Tikolo, former Pakistan captain Majid Khan and former Australia off-spinner Tim May.

The ICC Cricket Committee is empowered to make recommendations which then go forward to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) for approval. If that approval is forthcoming then the decisions can be ratified at the ICC Board.

As such, any recommendations made by the ICC Cricket Committee will not take effect unless they are ratified and/or approved by CEC and the Board.

Both CEC and the ICC Board are scheduled to meet in Dubai from 29 June.

The following were among the issues covered by the ICC Cricket Committee:

The ICC Cricket Committee held an in-depth and lengthy debate about the current cricket landscape in light of the fact that there are now three viable forms of the game at international level (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals). The committee agreed that there was a strong need to identify and maintain a balance between the three formats so that all of them could continue to thrive.

It identified Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport and expressed the need for the best available participants (players, umpires, referees etc) to be involved in international cricket.

While accepting the need for a minimum requirement in terms of numbers of ODIs, Twenty20 Internationals and Tests between all teams, the committee stressed the need to protect icon series.

The committee also recommended that further thought be given to the introduction of a Test league or periodic play-off for the top two sides in the Reliance Mobile Test Championship table.

In March, the ICC Board approved the trialling of an umpire review system during a Test series to take place this year. Following a lengthy discussion on this subject, the ICC Cricket Committee agreed a proposed set of playing conditions for the trial. The main elements of the playing conditions should include:

Umpires should still be permitted to refer line decisions or boundaries to the third umpire as normal without a player requesting him to refer that decision

The players should be permitted to ask the on-field umpire to review any aspect of any other decision in consultation with the third umpire

Each team should be limited to a maximum of three unsuccessful referrals per innings

The process should take the form and order of: on-field umpire gives his decision; affected batsman or fielding side’s captain asks the umpire to review that decision; the on-field umpire(s) and third umpire consult; the on-field umpire gives his final decision

The committee recommended that Hawk Eye technology could be used by the third umpire but only for the purposes of determining the actual path of the ball up until the point that it struck the batsman and not the predictor function of the technology

The Test series that will be used for the trial will be announced in due course.

The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended:

·Substitute fielders should only be permitted in cases of injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons. It was the opinion of the committee that “wholly acceptable reasons” should be limited to extreme circumstances and should not include what is commonly referred to as a “comfort break” .

·In ODIs, the timing of one Powerplay should be decided by the batting side and three fielders should be permitted outside the fielding restriction circles for both the second and third Powerplays .

·The on-field umpires should be permitted to consult the third umpire as to whether a catch has been taken cleanly before making the final decision themselves.

·The bowl-out in the event of a tie in the ICC World Twenty20 or ICC Champions Trophy should be replaced by a one-over-per-team play-off.

These proposed amendments to the playing conditions, if approved, will come into effect at the ICC Champions Trophy 2008, which will be held in Pakistan from 11 to 28 September.