ICC Cricket Committee to consider results of technology trial next week

May 9th, 2009 - 7:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, May 9 (ANI): Consideration of the results of the recent trial of the umpires’ decision review system will form a key part of the agenda for the two-day meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee, which will meet at Lord’s in London on Monday and Tuesday (May 11 and 12).

The trial, which saw players given the opportunity to ask for umpires’ decisions to be reviewed by the television umpire, took place in four Test series spanning the past nine months, and the committee will consider whether or not to recommend a continuation of the system.

The committee’s remit is to discuss and consult on any cricket-playing matters and to formulate recommendations to the Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board for approval. The next meetings of those committees are set for Lord’s during the ICC’s annual conference week, from June 22 to 26.

Other items up for discussion by the ICC Cricket Committee include the feasibility of playing day/night Test cricket, how to improve over-rates in international cricket and the regulations governing bad light.

The committee will also consider whether there should be a maximum weight of bats at international level and the effect of double-sided bats and switch-hits on the game. And it will brainstorm ideas to ensure ODI cricket remains relevant and popular in the face of a cricketing landscape that now features three formats of the game at international level.

The committee will be chaired for the first time by former West Indies captain and ICC Cricket World Cup winner Clive Lloyd, who takes over from ex-India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

And the meeting will be attended by such highly respected figures within the world of cricket, including David Richardson, ICC General Manager - Cricket, former Australia captain Mark Taylor and Ian Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, the last two named now respected commentators on the game.

It also features umpire of the year Simon Taufel, chief ICC match referee and former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle, Kenya captain Steve Tikolo, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and Tim May, the former Australia off-spinner and now the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.

The committee is representative of all stakeholders in the modern game, including players, umpires and the media. (ANI)

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