ICC’s big decision on disputed Umpire’s call, 3 important changes in DRS rules


Dubai: There has been a lot of controversy about the ‘Umpire’s Call’ during the international cricket match for some time. Many cricketers have had to bear the brunt of this rule, after which it has received a lot of criticism in the corridors of social media and cricketers. Now the ICC has taken a big decision on this.

Talk on umpires’ call

In a statement issued by the ICC governing body after the board meeting ended on Wednesday, the head of the ICC’s cricket committee and former Indian captain Anil Kumble said, “There was a great discussion in the cricket committee about the umpires’ call and its use.” It was assessed in detail.

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‘Field umpires continue to be important’

Anil Kumble said, ‘The principle of the DRS is that the obvious mistakes during the match can be removed while also ensuring that the umpires’ role as decision-makers on the field remains. This happens with the ‘umpires call’ and that is why it is important that it remains intact. ‘

Continued ‘Umpires Call’

In the ICC Board Meeting, it has been decided that the controversial ‘Umpire’s Call’ will remain a part of DRS but has made 3 minor changes in the existing rules. This was done so that the mistakes could be rectified.

First change

The ICC said in a statement, “For the review of LBW, the height of the wicket zone has been increased to the top of the stumps.” This means that on taking the review, the height above the bails will be looked at whereas earlier the height of the bails was considered. This will increase the height of the wicket zone.

Second change

Before deciding on DRW on LBW, the player will be able to ask the umpire whether the actual attempt was made to play the ball or not. “The third umpire will be able to review it in replays in the event of a short run and if there is a mistake, it will correct it before the next ball is bowled,” the statement said.

Third change

It was also decided that the interim Kovid-19 rules, implemented in 2020, will be continued to restore international cricket. The ICC said, “The committee has noted the impressive performance of domestic umpires in the last 9 months but has encouraged the appointment of neutral elite panel umpires wherever possible due to the circumstances.”

What is ‘Umpires Call’?

According to the current ICC rules, during the appeal of LBW, if the umpire’s decision of notout is challenged, he must hit more than 50 percent of the ball with at least one stump to replace it. In the event of this not happening, the batsman remains notout.

Kohli raised questions on ‘umpires call’

Team India captain Virat Kohli called the umpire call as ‘confusing’ and this has been a matter of controversy for some time. Kohli said that if even a small part of the ball is hitting the stumps, then the batsman should be given out.


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