Dubai, March 6:In an effort to pre-empt any more confusion regarding the UDRS 2.5 metre rule for LBW decisions and to bring about more consistency, the ICC has decided to tweak the rule. The rule as it stood came in fro serious flak from various quarters in the cricketing fraternity after two related controversial decisions unfolded in the second week of the World Cup 2011.
Previously the rule stated that if the ball struck the batsman on the pads in line with the stumps but more than 2.5 metres in front and the Hawk Eye simulation technology showed that the projectile of the delivery was going on to hi teh deadf centre of the middle stump, only in such a scenario, could the batsman be adjudged out.
However, following the ICC amendment to the rule, now Hawkeye would have to show the ball is going on to hit any part of the middle stump, if teh batsman is 2.5 meters in front when teh ball strikes his pads.
The first time this new rule was applied was during Sunday's India Vs Ireland match when the on-field umpire Rod Tucker, reversed his original decision of not out of Alex Cusack's lbw appeal by Yuvraj Singh and gave the batsman out. Tucker was heard on the stump microphone asking third umpire Marais Erasmus to let him know whether the ball was hitting "any part of the middle stump."
The application of the same 2.5m rule had led to two conflicting reviews under the DRS last week, one involving Ian Bell - in England's match against India - and the other the Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura against New Zealand. Both batsmen were struck well forward from the stumps but the not out decision against Bell's was not overturned while Chigumbura was declared out.