Cricket: Several controversies have seen in the last few months. Recently, in the INDIA VS ENGLAND series, several moments have raised questions about the soft signal and umpires to call. Many cricket experts were against these rules. ICC said in a statement that Umpires Call will continue, however, there are changes to these 3 rules.
The existing rule says, if the ball is hitting 50% of the three stumps for the batsman then it should be adjudged LBW on review in case the umpire’s not outcall has been challenged.
ICC’s Cricket Committee head Anil Kumble said in a statement issued by the governing body after a meeting held on Wednesday “The Cricket Committee has a discussion for the Umpire’s Call and analysed it extensively.” He also added to his statement that “The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision-maker on the field of play was preserved…Umpire’s Call allows that to happen, which is why it must remain.”
Three minor changes
After “Umpires’ Call” continuity, the International Cricket Council introduced three minor changes to the third umpire and DRS protocols. Let’s have a look:
- “For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone is raised to the top of the stumps to make sure that the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for width and height as well.
- “A player can also ask the umpire to ask whether the genuine attempt is made to play the ball before reviewing LBW decisions.
- “The third umpire can now check a replay of any short-run and correct it accordingly”
In addition to these, COVID-19 regulations will still be followed and the ICC allows 7 additional support staffs or players to accompany squads. Thus, India can now travel with a 30-strong squad for the WTC 2021 final.