Match Referees to have match-termination powers?

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) will consider handing over the power of terminating matches from on-field umpires to match refrees at its meeting in Fujairah, UAE in a two-day meeting starting tomorrow.

The members of the CEC will consider whether the Match Referee should be responsible for making decisions on the termination of a match in the wake of last year's Oval Test fiasco.

The Oval Test between England and Pakistan, where the on-field umpires terminated the match in favour of the hosts after Inzamam-ul Haq's side refused to take the field follwoing allegations of ball-tampering, was discussed by the Executive Board at its last meeting held in Mumbai on November 3 and 4 last year.

One of the recommendations approved by the Board was that management should prepare a paper for the CEC Meeting evaluating and reviewing the role of the Match Referee.

Their recommendation will be presented to the ICC Board for a final decision in March.

ICC General Manager Cricket, David Richardson, said this would form part of a wider discussion about the role of the Match Referee.

''It is often perceived that the Referee is an official of a type used in many other sports. The reality is that the Match Referee is the 'Chief Executive' of an international cricket match who is responsible for liaising with the teams, the boards, the venue and other stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of a match,'' he said.

''It is therefore suggested that while the on-field role of the umpires shall not be undermined, the Match Referee should have the final say on the termination of a match,'' he added.

Also on the agenda of the CEC meeting are a range of commercial issues relating to forthcoming ICC events and an update on anti-doping in international cricket.

The CEC is made up of the Chief Executives or their equivalent from all ten ICC Full Members, as well as three Associate Members, the ICC Chief Executive and President and the Chairman of the ICC's Cricket Committee.

BCCI secratory Niranjan Shah will represnt India in the meeting to be chaired by ICC President Percy Sonn.


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