London: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka will be used to trial the extended use of television technology, the ICC confirmed on Monday.
Under the experimental system field umpires will be able to consult with the third umpire on any decision they are unsure of. Consultation will be optional but when called for decisions will be reached as soon as possible. The third umpire will be allowed two replays of any incident before passing on information to the field umpire. "Technology is an emotive issue, with persuasive voices on both sides of the debate," ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said. "By agreeing to a limited, but high profile trial, we will be better placed to judge if greater use of technology is the way to go in the long term," he added. The Champions Trophy has been nominated for the technology trial because each Test nation will be involved and all members of the ICC's elite panel of international umpires will be adjudicating.
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