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After meeting in London on May 23 and 24, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee has recommended a plethora of changes to the rules and regulations of international cricket.
One of the most notable changes relates to teams not losing a review if an lbw decision is shown to be umpire’s call.
But, should that be approved by the ICC chief executives’ committee, teams playing Test cricket will no longer get their reviews replenished after 80 overs.
Meanwhile, it was also recommended that the Decision Review System (DRS) be used in Twenty20 Internationals as it is currently not.
The cricket committee also backed the idea of a concussion substitute and want member nations to trial it for two years.
According to Tony Irish, the head of the Federation of Cricketers’ Association (FICA), this is highly important when it comes to the health and safety of players.
“We see this as an important health and safety issue for players and believe that cricket is behind other sports in dealing with it,” he said.
In March, the MCC wanted to give umpires the authority to show players red cards and send them off the field “in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as violence on the field.”
The ICC cricket committee have backed the idea and want it to be implemented in all formats of international cricket.
They also believe that the third umpire should be given the power to call no-balls off instant replays.
Another change recommended was that a batsman should not be given out if his bat goes up in the air after he has safely grounded it past the crease.
They also want the edges and depths of bats to be restricted in order to create a more even contest between bat and ball.
Finally, the ICC cricket committee unanimously pledged their support in establishing a Test championship and looking to make cricket an Olympic sport once again.
All these recommendations will be passed on to the ICC chief executives’ committee and should they accept the changes, they could come into effect from October 1, 2017.