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Sport Cricket: MCC world cricket committee considering removing 'umpire's call' as part of DRS overhaul

10:58  23 february  2021
10:58  23 february  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The MCC's world cricket committee has confirmed that they will consider removing 'umpire's call' for LBW dismissals as part of an overhaul to DRS.

The committee included legends such as Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and chairman Mike Gatting, who convened in order to discuss the future of the game.

The main piece on the agenda was the controversial 'umpire's call', with the committee suggesting that it was becoming confusing to the general public.

"The committee debated the use of ‘Umpire’s Call’ for LBW decisions made via the Decision Review System, which some members felt was confusing to the watching public, particularly when the same ball could either be Out or Not out depending on the on-field umpire’s original decision," they said in a statement.

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"They felt it would be simpler if the original decision was disregarded on review, and that there was a simple Out or Not out, with no Umpire’s Call."

This would see the 50% 'hitting zone' retained, with teams reduced to one unsuccessful challenge per inning.

The committee confirmed that the issue will be discussed with the ICC, along with ensuring that the technology across the Test Championship was universal, rather than relying on what the home's broadcaster chose to provide.

As well as this, it pushed to remove the need for neutral umpires in international matches, pointing to the lack of bias over the past 12 months.

"A consequence of the pandemic has been the use of host-country umpires in Test cricket, with each team being given an extra review per innings," they added.

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"So far, the quality of the umpiring has appeared to be of a good standard, with very few, if any, accusations of bias, as well as the presence of DRS to correct any mistakes.

"With it being an opportune time to revisit the change, the committee recommended the further utilisation of host-country umpires in international cricket.

"It would not only save a lot of unnecessary travel and expense to the game, but it was also felt that it was a boost to host-country umpires to be able to officiate in their home country and that the best umpires should be able to officiate anywhere in the world."

The increase of short-bowling was also on the agenda, with the committee rejecting calls from the likes of Ian Chappell to outlaw it for tail-ender batsmen.

"The committee discussed the Law and were unanimous that short-pitched bowling is a core part of the game, particularly at the elite level," they believed.

"There was also discussion on other aspects of the game at all levels which may mitigate the risk of injury. They agreed to provide feedback during the consultation, which will begin with a survey that is due to be distributed in March 2021 to the specific groups identified to partake in the exercise."

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