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ICC proposes DRS in T20s, 'red cards' for misbehaving players

The ICC Cricket Committee has suggested giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct.
India TV Sports Desk Dubai May 26, 2017 11:50 IST
India TV Sports Desk

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble, has decided to recommend the usage of the Decision Review System (DRS) in Twenty20 Internationals and also plans to suggest giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as on-field violence.

According to another recommendation, teams will not lose a review when an LBW review comes back as "umpire's call". However, should that be adopted, the 80-over top-up of reviews in Test cricket would be removed.

The committee expressed unanimous support for the implementation of Test Championship deeming that the context was crucial to the future of international cricket.

It also reiterated its full support for cricket being involved in the Olympic Games.

As Kumble’s tenure nears end, BCCI invites applications for Team India’s head coach

Power to send off

The committee also considered the new 'Laws of Cricket (2017 Code)' and has recommended the adoption of the majority of the changes to the laws, most significantly giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as violence on the field.

All other offences would continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.

Other major changes to the laws that will be adopted by the ICC are the restriction on bat dimensions (thickness of edges and depth of bat), and that a batsman, while taking a run, will be safe once the bat is in the crease and grounded even if it bounces up later.

According to the current rules, a batsman is ruled out if the bat rises in the air at the point of bails being disloged even after being dragged inside the crease.

If the ICC Chief Executives' Committee approves the recommendations, the new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from October 1.

A presentation on the findings of the 'No Ball' trial held in England during the ODI series against Pakistan last year was given to the committee, which recommended that the third umpire should call all no balls in international matches using instant replays.

With PTI inputs