On Friday, the ICC chief executives’ committee approved all the recommendations made by the ICC cricket committee in May. It granted permission to the teams that from October 1, they will not lose a review for “umpire’s call” verdicts under the decision review system (DRS).
A number of the approved recommendations were related to the DRS. Cricket teams will no longer have their reviews topped up at the 80-over mark in Test matches. DRS will now be used in the T20I format also.
The committee approved a number of suggestions, like minimum standards for the use of DRS in international cricket, with mandatory use of ball-tracking and edge-detection technology. Other changes include recommendations relating to bat sizes.
In its meeting in December last year, the MCC’s cricket committee, had set the limits to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm at the edge.
Also, umpires will now have the power to send players off the field for incidents of misconduct. “All Members have agreed to implement this in full”, the ICC said.
The batsmen will also be ruled to have made their ground if their bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease.