ICC makes DRS mandatory with Hot Spot
Hong Kong: The ICC Chief Executives` Committee on Monday agreed on making the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory in all Tests and one-day internationals after rectifying the problem areas in the technology.
However, the number of unsuccessful reviews has been reduced from two to one.
In a bid to make ODI cricket more interesting, the ICC also recommended the use of elective powerplays from 16th to 40th over.
The ICC Chief Executives` Committee (CEC) which met at ICC Annual Conference week in Hong Kong took some major decisions during the meeting which also includes abolishing the use of runners in international fixture.
CEC also agreed with the ICC Cricket Committee`s recommendation of using two new balls for each innings, one from each end. This will come into effect from 1 October.
CEC also unanimously recommended universal standards for the usage of DRS which will include infrared cameras and audio-tracking devices.
According to the ICC press release, other recommendations includes the continued research into the use of different colour balls to facilitate day/night Test matches and the directive that batsmen can be given out for obstructing the field if they change their direction when running between the wicket to block a run-out chance.
The ICC Chief Executives` Committee (CEC)recommended that there should be a qualifying tournament for participation in the elite event. This means that associate teams like Netherlands and Ireland may not be dumped out of 2015 World Cup.
"The CEC recommended that there should be a qualification process for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 but did not make a recommendation to the ICC Executive Board on the number of teams that should compete in the event to be held in Australia and New Zealand," ICC said in a statement.
In other key decisions, the CEC decided that a captain will now be suspended for two over-rate breaches in a 12-month period in any one format of the game rather than the current position which is three breaches prior to suspension.
"The CEC, like the ICC Cricket Committee, was concerned at the slow over-rates in Test match cricket and agreed on stricter sanctions against captains for over-rate breaches," the statement said.
These innovations include a review of the maximum number of overs that a bowler can bowl, an increase from one to two for the number of short balls permitted per over, no compulsory requirement for close catchers and a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle during non-powerplay overs.
Other ICC Cricket Committee recommendations include continued research into the use of different colour balls to facilitate day/night Test matches.
CEC also approved that batsmen can be given out for obstructing the field if they change their direction when running between the wicket to block a run-out chance.
The two-day ICC Executive Board meeting will begin here from Tuesday.