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Kumble after ICC Cricket Committee meet

The Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has come to the conclusion that the controversial Umpire’s Call rule will stay in international cricket.

The Cricket Committee led by former India captain Anil Kumble considered the current issues in the international game, and presented its recommendations which were approved on Thursday (April 1).

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In a statement released by ICC, Kumble explained why the Umpire’s Call is important to remain, even though it has attracted heavy criticism of late.

“The Cricket Committee had an excellent discussion around Umpire’s Call and analysed its use extensively. The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision maker on the field of play was preserved, bearing in mind the element of prediction involved with the technology. Umpire’s Call allows that to happen, which is why it is important it remains,” said Kumble.

The other three changes to the DRS and 3rd Umpire protocols are as follows:

  • For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone will be lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.
  • A player will be able to ask the umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding to review an LBW decision.
  • The 3rd Umpire will check a replay of any short run that has been called and correct any error prior to the next ball being bowled.

The statement also reveals the appointment of Mel Jones (Cricket Australia) and Catherine Campbell (New Zealand Cricket) as the Full Member representatives on the ICC Women’s Committee.

There are more good news for women’s cricket, as it has been decided that Test and ODI status shall be permanently awarded to all Full Member women’s teams. To add to that, all matches at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games be classified as women’s T20 Internationals.

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