The ICC Cricket Committee ruled on Thursday that the confusing ‘Umpire’s Call’ will remain a part of the DRS but introduced a few changes to the existing DRS rules.
India Captain Virat Kohli has also termed the Umpire’s Call as “confusing”. As per the current rule, 50% of the ball should hit at least one of the three stumps for the batsman to be ruled as LBW on review in case if an umpire’s not-out call has been challenged.
“The Cricket Committee had an excellent discussion around the Umpire’s Call & analyzed its use extensively”, ICC’s Cricket Committee head and former Indian captain Anil Kumble said in a statement issued by the governing body after the end of its board meetings on Wednesday.
“The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision-maker on the field of play was preserved…Umpire’s Call allows that to happen, which is why it is important it remains,” he added.
Virat had argued that the batsmen should be termed as out if the ball is hitting the stumps even if marginally. The ICC reviewed the DRS system & introduced three minor changes to the DRS & third Umpire protocols.
“For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone will be lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width,” the ICC stated.
This means that the review system which covers only till the base of the bails will now extend to the top of the bails. The amendment has increased the height of the wicket zone while analyzing the trajectory of the ball.
A player will also be available to ask the umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding to review an LBW decision. “The third Umpire will check a replay of any short-run that has been called and correct any error prior to the next ball being bowled.”
The interim COVID-19 rules & regulations that were introduced in 2020 to allow International Cricket to resume will continue to be followed. “The committees noted the excellent performances by the home umpires over the past 9 months but encouraged the more widespread appointment of neutral Elite Panel umpires whenever circumstances allow,” the ICC release said.