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ICC Committee urges referral system for Test umpires

New Delhi, May 7 (UNI) The ICC Cricket Committee today recommended a referral system for umpires in Tests and the introduction of hawk eye technology for LBW decisions.

''Each team should be limited to a maximum of three unsuccessful referrals per innings,'' the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement after the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Committee here.

''The process should take the form and order of: on-field umpire gives his decision; affected batsman or fielding sides captain asks the umpire to review that decision; the on-field umpire(s) and third umpire consult; the on-field umpire gives his final decision,'' the statement added.

The committee also put forward the proposal that the third umpire should be allowed to resort to the use of the hawk eye technology to determine the actual trajectory of the ball while mulling on LBW appeals.

''Hawk Eye technology could be used by the third umpire but only for the purposes of determining the actual path of the ball up until the point that it struck the batsman and not the predictor function of the technology,'' the statement said.

The proposed changes will be put to the trial during a Test series after they are approved by the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC).

After being approved the decisions will have to be ratified by the ICC Board. Both the CEC and the ICC Board are scheduled to meet here from June 29.


Story first published: Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 21:35 [IST]
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