ICC interested in implementing ORS in international cricket

"This system can be used in either DRS or non-DRS matches, and can help umpires make accurate decisions quickly, particularly on boundary and no-ball checks"

“This system can be used in either DRS or non-DRS matches, and can help umpires make accurate decisions quickly, particularly on boundary and no-ball checks”

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) are interested in implementing the Officiating Replay System (ORS) in international cricket.

The ORS, which has been trialled over the past year, allows the third umpire to control which replays he sees instead of relying on the broadcasters to provide him with the appropriate footage and angles.

“The committee unanimously supported the expanded use of this system in international cricket, and this recommendation will be considered by the chief executives later in June,” the ICC’s cricket committee said via a statement. “The committee was very positive about the ORS used during the latter stages of the World T20 in Bangladesh, which consists of a dedicated screen and an operator who sits in the TV umpire’s room and provides the TV umpire with instant replays from any camera angle,” the statement said. “This system can be used in either DRS or non-DRS matches, and can help umpires make accurate decisions quickly, particularly on boundary and no-ball checks.”

The ORS will help improve the Decision Review System (DRS), which is already being widely used in international cricket.

The ICC’s cricket committee also revealed that thanks to the DRS, there has been a 4.4 per cent increase in correct decisions in the 2013-14 season.

“The committee also considered the performance of the DRS, from the technology and TV umpiring errors that occurred during the Ashes in the UK, to some of the noticeable improvements made to the DRS in the second half of the season,” the statement said. “Overall the use of the DRS increased the correct decision rate by 4.4% during the season.”

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