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Update: ICC approves amendment to DRS rule
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) annual conference concluded on Saturday (July 2) with no decision being taken on changing the prevailing structure of the international cricket calendar, but with assurances of further discussions among members over the next few months.

The ICC, however, made a significant change to the Decision Review System, which could result in more batsmen being given out lbw upon review.

Previously, 50% of the ball had to be hitting the inside half of the outer stumps for a 'not out' decision to be reversed; else the 'umpire's call' would hold. Now, the size of the zone inside which the ball can hit has been extended, so that 50% of the ball has to be hitting the outer stumps. This refers to “a zone bordered by the outside of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails”.

The amendment will be in effect from October 1, or the start of any series just prior to that date.

The World Cricket Committee, which included the likes of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara, had made a recommendation in this regard late in 2015 , with the ICC Cricket Committee too taking up the issue in its meeting last month.

Another recommendation from the world committee, about having the third umpire call no-balls based on instant replays, was discussed, with the ICC deciding to hold a trial during “one of the upcoming ODI series”.

The meeting also pledged to work for a women’s cricket event to be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, to “enhance the profile of the sport and create additional exposure and experiences for female cricketers”.

The board, however, held off on making announcements on its more radical proposals such as the introduction of two divisions in Tests, an extended championship for ODI cricket, and a change in revenue sharing among its members.

“All [members] understood that more detail is needed before any final decisions can be made,” said the ICC, adding that a workshop was scheduled in early September in Dubai for more discussions.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our sport to introduce a package of bilateral international cricket structures, which are merit and performance based, have context, enhance the value of bilateral international cricket and create a highly competitive environment for cricketers so they can provide more entertainment to spectators,” said David Richardson, ICC chief executive.

“The Member countries acknowledge and recognise the importance of international cricket across all its three formats and are committed to ensuring that it continues to grow in relevance and value for cricket fans around the world. This is a complex issue on many levels but I am heartened by the progress that has been made to date and look forward to the next meeting in Dubai.”

Following a review of the 2014 decisions on the board's governance structure, a draft of a new constitution too will be prepared in the coming weeks for consideration by the board at its October meetings, the ICC added.

Other decisions taken during the week-long meetings:

Helmet safety:

Wearing helmets was not mandatory, but any helmet worn in international cricket must comply with the new British Standard. Members were asked to educate their players on the benefits of this helmet.

New Associate Member:

Saudi Arabia was unanimously elected as the 39th Associate Member during the ICC's full council meeting.


The ICC ratified the suspensions of the USA Cricket Association (USACA) and the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), which were suspended in June 2015 and April 2016, respectively. A delegation would visit the countries later in the year to provide the board an update.
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