ICC CEC recommends mandatory use of DRS

 The International Cricket Council's Chief Executive Committee today recommended mandatory use of the controversial Decision Review System, an innovation that has been consistently opposed by the BCCI, in Tests and one-dayers.

The CEC met for two days on June 24 and 25 as part of the ICC Annual Conference and "recommended to the Board the universal application of the DRS after being satisfied with the technology enhancements provided by new Hotspot cameras and the results of the independent research on ball tracking conducted by Dr Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology."
Dr Rosten tested the accuracy and reliability of ball tracking in a recent Test series and concluded that the results were "100 per cent in agreement with the outcomes produced from his assessments."

CEC recommended that, subject to the Members' ability to finance and obtain the required technology, DRS should be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs.

"Furthermore, Hotspot cameras must be included in the minimum requirements (two cameras) alongside ball tracking technology.

The CEC also recommended a minor amendment to the LBW protocols whereby the 'margin of uncertainty' regarding the point of impact with the batsman should be the same as that provided for the point of impact with the stumps.

"The number of successful reviews will be retained at two per innings for a Test and one per innings for an ODI."

Outgoing ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said the recommendations have been made on the basis of independent trials.

"We have made good progress in independently testing ball tracking and the new enhancements has resulted in the CEC unanimously supporting the ICC Cricket Committee's recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs," he said.

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