ICC Cricket Committee gives nod to referral system

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/icclogo.jpg' class='caption'> The Umpire Decision Review System can become a permanent feature if the recommendation of the ICC's Cricket Committee is accepted by the game's apex body.

Updated: May 13, 2009 07:24 IST
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The controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) could become a permanent feature in cricket if the recommendation of the ICC's Cricket Committee is accepted by the game's apex body.

The International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, following a two-day meeting that concluded here on Tuesday, advocated the use of the referral system wherein players can challenge an umpire's decision during the course of the match.

The UDRS, though, won't be in use at the Ashes series between England and Australia, starting in July, the ICC said.

The referral system could be permanently in place from October 2009 after the recommendation is accepted by the ICC's chief executives committee and ICC board which will meet during ICC's annual conference week at Lord's from June 22-26.

"I'm excited that the committee concluded the umpire decision review system had a positive effect on the game," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters at the end of the two-day conclave.

"We will seek (provided the ICC chief executives and board agree) to roll out the system from October 2009. The time ahead of that date will allow us to firm up the playing conditions, technical specifications and protocols, ensure additional training for match officials and further brief the players so that the process can be successfully implemented," he said.

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