Conversations between umpires not for public

Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:: The International Cricket Council would experiment with providing the umpires with radios to communicate with each other but would not allow the public andbroadcasters to hear their conversations.

The trails of the new technology, that would link onfield umpires with third umpire and the microphones in the ground near the stumps, will be held at October's Johnnie WalkerSuper Series in Australia but the access to the conversation would not be allowed to broadcasters so as to save them from additional pressure, chief executive Malcolm Speed said here today.

The series features world champion Australia and ICC World XI teams.

"Let's get umpires used to this form of technology before we give them the added pressure," said Speed, speaking at Lord's at the end of a two-day meeting of the ICC'sExecutive Board. "We are not going down that path at this stage."

ICC president Ehsan Mani told the news conference that the board agreed to measures to try to help development of the newest Test playing nations such as Bangladesh andZimbabwe.

Both have compiled several humiliating defeats.

He gave no indication that the international cricket program would change, but said senior cricketing countries would send more junior teams to face the newer nations.

Meanwhile, Slovenia, Mali, Jersey and Guernsey have joined the ICC as associate members.

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