New Delhi: International Cricket Council's annual conference in Edinburgh has been concluded with some big changes in the DRS system regarding umpire's lbw decision.
From now onwards, an on-field lbw decisions can be overturned (given not-out by the umpire), if half of the ball would now need to hit a zone of the stumps that also borders the outside of off and leg stumps. The earlier ruling said that, half of the ball is required to hit a zone between the centre of off and leg stumps.
As reported by ICC, "The size of the zone inside which half the ball needs to hit for a Not Out decision to be reversed to Out will increase, changing to a zone bordered by the outside of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails (formerly the centre of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails)."
The amendment will not be applied immediately and will come into effect from October 1, 2016.
The change will be a big boost to the bowlers, as they stand a better chance to get the batsmen out.
The cricket governing body also announced with their release that it would start a process of utilising the third umpire to make no-ball calls using instant replays on trial basis. The trials, are likely to be done during an upcoming One Day International (ODI) series.
"There was discussion about the calling of No balls, and the ICC will arrange a trial over coming months to better understand whether the third umpire could use instant replays to call No balls more accurately."
"The trial is likely to be staged during one of the upcoming ODI series, and the third umpire will judge No balls within a few seconds of the ball being delivered and communicate this to the on-field umpire. Further details relating to the trial will be announced once finalised.", read the ICC release