Mumbai, Feb 2: This World Cup is going to feature a couple of glaring firsts - the controversial UDRS and the super-over never before used in tied one-day matches. These two features will be making a high-profile debut in the upcoming global extravaganza which is to unfold inthe subcontinent starting Feb 19.
Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Rantaunga has expressed his wholehearted support for the two new functions.
"If ICC has the technology, they might as well use it and give the benefit to the players. It is a World Cup and one decision can change the game," said Ranatunga.
The UDRS, which has been used in some bilateral Test series while ignored for others due to lack of agreement between the concerned boards, would be making its entry into ODI cricket after a trial phase in the Australia-England series currently going on.
Meanwhile, the super-over, hitherto used only in Twenty20s, will be implemented in case of tied matches during the knock-out phase of the World Cup. Tied matches will no longer be decided on the basis of which team lost to their concerned opponents earlier in the tournament, as was the case between Australia and South Africa in the semi-final of the 1999 World Cup, where the former edged out the latter.