ICC Cricket Committee To Keep Umpire's Call in DRS

ICC Cricket Committee To Keep Umpire’s Call in DRS

The ICC Cricket Committee keeps recommending a decision review system, umpires call in DRS system. There has been a lot of talk about the umpire’s call in recent times, with some former and current cricketers voting in favor of removing it. The last time India captain Virat Kohli opened his mouth about this. However, after hearing the views of various parties, the cricket committee is in favor of it.

The umpire’s call was discussed at an earlier meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee, where they said the issue of umpire calls should be made clearer to cricketers and spectators. The ICC Cricket Committee, headed by former India captain Anil Kumble, also includes Andrew Strauss, Shaun Pollock, Mahela Jayawardene, match referee Ranjan Madugalle and umpire Richard Illingworth. According to them, the umpires need to have a call because Hawk-Eye’s ball-tracking technology is not 100% accurate.

Impact and wicket in lbw– these two steps apply to umpires’ call. The current rule is to change the decision of the on-field umpire to have more than fifty percent of the ball in the area from the base of the stumps to the base of the bells and from the end of the off-stump to the end of the leg stump, which is usually two-dimensional. In the case of impact, the time it takes for the ball to hit the pad is determined in a three-dimensional space, in the case of wickets, it is a two-dimensional space. 

In the recent India-England Test series, 85 reviews were made by the two teams, of which 53 failed. The team has lost reviews in 36 of them, umpires call 16 times. According to the changed rules, if the umpires call now, the review of the teams is not lost. 

However, despite the umpires’ call, the question remains as to how the BCCI will take that decision, especially since Kohli has expressed his views directly. Even so, BCCI accepted DRS at the end of all. 

The soft signal of the on-field umpire has also come under discussion recently in the case of decisions outside the scope of the DRS. TV umpires do not change the soft signal unless there is ‘conclusive evidence’ or sufficient evidence.