ICC wants player referrals trialled

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/icclogo.jpg' class='caption'> The poor umpiring in the second Test between India and Australia has prompted ICC to push for a player-driven appeal system to minimise umpiring errors.

Updated: January 07, 2008 10:00 IST
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The poor umpiring in the second Test between India and Australia has prompted International Cricket Council (ICC) to push for a player-driven appeal system to minimise umpiring errors.

The proposed system, where teams can appeal against an on-field umpire's decision for review by the third umpire using TV replays, will come up for trial during the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September.

Under the system, a team would have privilege of appealing up to three decision in an innings, but the ICC made it clear that it would not be trialled in the Test matches as yet.

"I don't think it will be trialled in Tests. The Champions Trophy would be the time when all the best umpires, technology are there and we can get an idea of how it works," ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed told ABC.

"The cricket community is divided about the batsmen and bowler having an appeal. There may be another change in the wind, more countries may support a trial of the system, where there are a limited number of appeals, per innings," Speed said.

Speed said the best feedback on the system could be gained at a tournament, where all the cricket playing nations participate like Champions Trophy.

Controversial decisions by the on-field umpires during the on-going India-Australia second Test match evoked sharp criticism from media and former players as Australia managed to pile up a huge score after being on mat in their first innings.

Andrew Symonds went on to score an unbeaten 162 after Steve Bucknor turned down a caught behind appeal against him when he was on 30.

Bucknor also did not refer a stumping appeal to the TV umpire, triggering a debate if more technological assistance was required in making better decisions.

Speed however said ICC was not in favour of using technology, which was not 'foolproof'.

"Technology is here now, we are aware of it. A lot of people are saying this is the answer, but we're not sure. We have to respect the traditions of the game."

Speed also said that not all umpires were having the same opinion on using the popular 'Hawk-eye' technology, mainly used by broadcasters.

"Some umpires support it, others say it's taking too much away and we'll simply become coat-hangers for the players," he said.

An appeal system was first proposed by Speed and David Richardson, the ICC General Manager of Cricket, in 2006 and it passed through the organisation's Cricket Committee and Chief Executives.

"Then we took it to the Chairmen of the ICC's full member countries and the vote was 5-5. Pakistan led the fight against and Australia was against it too. Seven must vote in favour for an issue to be passed," Speed said.

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