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SBD Global/November 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Cricket Australia, ICC Considering Proposed Changes To Decision Review System

The "reservations of Cricket Australia are thought to be behind a delay in announcing proposed changes to the decision review system," according to Simon Wilde of the SUNDAY TIMES. The Australian board and the Int'l Cricket Council held talks three days ago on the "addition of Real Time Snicko (RTS), which aims to minimise the scope for the kind of umpiring controversies that marred the Ashes series in England." England "support RTS, which has been tested to the ICC’s satisfaction." However, some "prominent Australia players have expressed reservations over the use of technology." Australian captain Michael Clarke said, "The referral system -- where captains have two unsuccessful referrals at their disposal -- can distort the process. I don’t like the tactics involved, where umpires and the teams know how many referrals are left, and change their decisions accordingly." Even if RTS is "not used, some modifications to DRS will be seen in Brisbane." Each side will get two reviews after 80 overs of an "innings even if they have earlier lost one or both of their initial allowance of two incorrect challenges." Host broadcaster Channel Nine has announced that it will "persist with Hot Spot." RTS is a new aid for "determining whether a batsman has hit the ball." It enables results from a “snickometer,” an audio device near the stumps, to be "aligned with pictures of an incident within 10 seconds" (SUNDAY TIMES, 11/17).
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