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May 11, 2011

Results of ICC Cricket Committee meeting

The ICC Cricket Committee concluded its two-day meeting at Lord's in London on Wednesday.

Chaired by Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and twice an ICC Cricket World Cup winner, it includes ex-Australia captain Mark Taylor, former India coach Gary Kirsten, former India captain Ravi Shastri, ex-West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and Clare Connor, the former captain of the England women's team.

The committee's role is to make recommendations on cricket matters which then go forward to the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) for approval before finally being presented to the ICC Executive Board for approval.

As such, any recommendations made by the ICC Cricket Committee will not take effect until ratified and/or approved by the CEC and the Board, both of which are scheduled to meet in Hong Kong from 26 to 30 June.

The following were among the issues covered by the ICC Cricket Committee:

Decision Review System (DRS)

The ICC Cricket Committee reviewed in detail the use of the DRS since its last meeting and, while recognising the need to take account of existing contractual arrangements between Member Boards and their broadcasters, the committee unanimously recommended that DRS should be used in all Test matches.

It also recommended that it should be used in ODI and T20I series with each side allowed one unsuccessful review per innings. This recommendation was made following what the committee agreed was a successful application during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The DRS has been used in Test cricket since 2009 and over the past two years has featured in 31 Tests with each side allowed two unsuccessful reviews per innings.

ICC Cricket Committee Chairman Clive Lloyd said: "The committee's recommendation that the DRS should be used in all formats of the game confirms two key conclusions that came from our discussions: it shows the group's confidence in the system and it also highlights the committee's view that it does aid the umpires in making correct decisions.

Day-night Test cricket

On the basis of evidence presented to it, the committee has concluded that the pink ball is likely to be the most effective ball for potential use in day-night Test cricket.

However, the committee believes the ball, which was trialed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Abu Dhabi in 2011, required further testing in first-class cricket to confirm its durability before it could recommend its adoption as a Test match ball as part of a move towards day-night Tests in the future.

On that basis, the committee has recommended that the pink ball should be used in the four-day first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2011-12 (the tournament involving the leading Associate and Affiliate teams) and also that ICC Member Boards be asked not only to use the ball in at least one round of first-class matches but also be encouraged to trial the ball in day-night matches at venues which have adequate artificial lights.

The committee will consider the matter further once these trials have taken place.

ICC General Manager - Cricket David Richardson said: "The ICC remains determined to explore the possibility of day-night Test cricket but at the same time we have to ensure the integrity of that format is also protected.

"The further trials proposed by the ICC Cricket Committee are a reflection of the fact we want to make sure that the pink ball is sufficiently durable to stand up to the rigours of first-class cricket.

"The ICC will conduct its own trials using the ICC Intercontinental Cup and, provided the move is approved by the Chief Executives' Committee and the Executive Board, we will then be able to secure the necessary information to allow us to make an informed decision on whether or not we can take this innovation to the next level, using a pink ball for day-night Tests in the future."

One-Day International (ODI) cricket

The committee was delighted to acknowledge the successful staging of the recent ICC Cricket World Cup and made the following recommendations to further enhance the ODI format:

* Two balls should be used in each innings, one from each end; (currently only one ball is being used and replaced by a replacement ball after 34 overs); and

* teams should only be allowed to take the batting and bowling power play between overs 16 - 40;

The committee also suggested that trials of the following playing conditions be conducted in domestic cricket before being considered for international cricket:

* Removal of the restriction on the maximum number of overs each bowler could deliver;

* no compulsory close-catchers;

* a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard fielding circle during non-powerplay overs; and

* the number of bouncers that can be delivered per over to be increased from one to two.

The recommendations are aimed at enhancing the format and creating an identity for ODIs distinct from the Test and T20I format by improving the balance between bat and ball. The committee also believes this would make the middle overs more exciting.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "Notwithstanding the strong success of 50-over cricket at the recent ICC Cricket World Cup, I am delighted that the ICC Cricket Committee has been creative in seeking to enhance the format to ensure its continued future."

Over-rates in international cricket

The committee has recommended that a captain of an international side should be suspended for one match if his side is guilty of two minor over-rate offences in the same format over a 12-month period.

This recommendation would be a tightening of the current ICC Code of Conduct regulations which state that such a punishment is applicable only after three such offences.

The above recommendations are a reflection of the committee's ongoing concern at the current level of over-rates in international cricket.

Laws and playing conditions

The committee recommended that

* runners not be allowed in international cricket;
* the practice of a batsman intentionally changing his direction whilst running between the wickets with a view to blocking a run-out chance was contrary to the Laws (37.1) and that the batsman would be given out on appeal from the fielding side;
* the MCC amend law 42.15 to allow the bowler to run out the non-striker before releasing the ball provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing.

The next ICC Cricket Committee meeting will take place in November 2011 with the exact date and location to be announced in due course.

Media arrangements

SNTV will file a story. Further details should be available to SNTV subscribers through usual contacts.

Getty Images, the ICC's official photographer, has already filed photographs of the meeting, the first day of which was on Tuesday 10 May, and will also be releasing images from the media conference held after the meeting on Wednesday 11 May. Further details can be obtained from Andy Smith at or Richard Pitts at

The ICC Cricket Committee comprises:

Clive Lloyd (Chairman)

Haroon Lorgat (ICC Chief Executive - ex-officio)

Ian Bishop and Mark Taylor (past players, both attended the first day of the meeting)

Tim May (representative of current players)

Gary Kirsten (Full Member team coach representative)

Clare Connor (women's representative)

Justin Vaughan (member board representative)

Trent Johnston (associate representative)

Ravi Shastri (media representative)

Steve Davis (umpires' representative)

Ranjan Madugalle (referees' representative)

Keith Bradshaw (MCC representative)

David Kendix (statistician)


Sharad Pawar (ICC President - ex-officio)

Kumar Sangakkara (representative of current players)

Source : ICC Media Release - Wed, May 11, 2011 9:08 PM

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