ICC agrees rule change in LBW calls..


New Delhi: The ICC has approved change in rules in the LBW decisions of the umpires concerning the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), which is expected to benefit the bowlers, while deferring plans for a radical shake-up of international cricket, including on the proposed creation of two divisions in Test and a new one-day league.

Regarding the DRS playing conditions relating to an LBW call, ICC said: “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.” Earlier, the ball needed to hit the centre of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails. This amendment will come into effect from October 1 or from the start of any series using DRS that commences just prior to this date, the world body said.

In a decision concerning calling of ‘no-balls’, ICC said trials allowing the third umpire to call ‘no-balls’ instead of his on-field colleagues would take place over the coming months to understand whether the third umpire could use instant replays to call ‘no-balls’ more accurately.

Meanwhile, amid concerns from smaller nations like Bangladesh that they risked permanent exile to the ‘second division’, ICC deferred a decision on a new landscape for the international game. “The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee held constructive discussions about the structure of international cricket and the establishment of new competitions in all three formats. Members were updated on the progress of the project, and all understood that more detail is needed before any final decisions can be made,” ICC said.

ICC will apply for the inclusion of women’s cricket at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, South Africa. Following a presentation by the Commonwealth Games Federation, the ICC board agreed to apply for a women’s competition at the Durban Games. “It will enhance the profile of the sport and create additional exposure and experiences for female cricketers,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.