More technology for umpiring in England-South Africa series

March 19th, 2008 - 12:04 am ICT by admin  

Dubai, March 18 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to allow increased use of technology for umpiring decisions on a trial basis during South Africa’s tour of England this year. “The ICC executive board has decided to allow the use of more technology in the n-Power Test series in England on a trial basis subject to approval by the England & Wales Cricket Board and the United Cricket Board of South Africa,” ICC president-elect David Morgan said here Tuesday.

South Africa will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 international during its tour of England in July-August.

The second Test between India and Australia in Sydney earlier this year was marred by a series of controversial umpiring decisions that went against the visitors.

The ICC had then withdrawn West Indies’ Steve Bucknor from umpiring duty in the series following a strong protest launched by the Indian cricket board.

As of now, umpires in official international matches can take the help of technology for decisions involving close run-outs and catches.

Asked what additional technology would be used in the England-South Africa series, Morgan said it would be like those used in county matches in England.

“(ICC operations manager) Dave Richardson will work out the details with the ICC cricket committee,” he said after the two-day ICC executive board meeting here.

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