ICC Cricket Committee recommends use of DRS in 2011 World Cup
London: The ICC Cricket Committee on Friday suggested using Decision Review System in the 2011 World Cup in the Indian sub-continent and all Test matches apart from recommending a research into reduction of teams for future ODI World Cups.
The Committee, chaired by former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd, also recommended a research into increase in number of participating teams in the Twenty20 World Cup.
"After a lengthy and constructive discussion the ICC Cricket Committee suggested that the principle should be that DRS should be introduced as soon as possible in all Test series," an ICC statement said.
"The ICC Cricket Committee also recommends that DRS, subject to agreement with ICC broadcaster partners ESPN Star Sports, should be used in all matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka," it added.
"The Committee supported, in principle, proposals for a Test play-off every four years and a proposed league format for ODI cricket as well as research into a reduction in the number of teams in ICC Cricket World Cup and more countries competing in the ICC World Twenty20," the statement read.
These recommendations were made at ICC`s two-day meeting which concluded here today.
The recommendation concerning Test cricket was that each team will be allowed two referrals per innings.
It was also agreed that DRS would only be restored to technological failure rather than an inclusive outcome and that all reviews should be requested within a 15 seconds.
The ICC thanked the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia (CA) for their research into coloured balls which could be used in day-night Test cricket and said it will play an even more pro-active role in the development of a ball which could be used under floodlights.
The Committee also noted that there would also have to be further discussions on the matters of clothing colours, the number of overs bowled before a ball change and the start times required for day-night Test matches.
According to the ICC, a research by David Kendix revealed that while the average of volume of cricket for teams was stable that the number of days the top 20 players were engaged in had fallen by 10 per cent. The proportion of Test draws had fallen to 22.5 in 2009 and of the Tests with a positive result the average duration of 4.45 days.
The Cricket Committee also adopted the updated directive on reverse sweep introduced earlier in the year which prevents the batsman from altering his grip or stance before the bowler enters his delivery stride.
"Should the bowler see a batsman change his grip or stance prior to the delivery stride the bowler can decide not to bowl the ball."