Near future: Appealing against umpire

Published: Sunday, September 26, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Since 127 years of the game, the final decision of the umpire has been sacrosanct but that could change now with the International Cricket Council (ICC) planning to introduce a move that would allow teams to appeal against some decisions during matches.

The game's world governing body is contemplating allowing each team to appeal against three decisions per innings in an international match, The Evening Standard reported quoting highly placed sources in the ICC.

"We are considering allowing three appeals per innings to the third umpire. It's the next logical step without taking all the power away from the on-field umpire," it quoted the sources as saying.

"It is recognised as a serious option and is likely to be discussed formally in the near future," they said.

Captains would be able to challenge contentious bat-pad decisions and catches behind the wicket. These would then be referred to the third umpire who would adjudicate after watching a television replay.

Cameras are already being used in cricket to help decide run outs, stumpings and no-balls, but for these decisions, it is the umpire who chooses to ask for technological help.

Now the plan is for the players to ask for three debatable decisions per innings to be considered. That quota would be reduced by one each time they appeal wrongly. But if the appeal is upheld the quota of three would be unchanged.

The proposal is set to be discussed at the next full meeting of the ICC's cricket committee in next May or June, the paper said.

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