The much-debated Decision Review System (DRS) and the Super Over, used in case of tie matches in knockout stages, would make their World Cup debut in the upcoming extravaganza which unfolds in the subcontinent on February 19.DRS, which has been used in Test matches selectively when the two competing teams’ Boards have agreed to its implementation, has been consistently opposed by the Indian board.
Sri Lanka’s former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga today came out wholeheartedly in its support at a function here.
“If ICC has the technology, they might as well use it and give the benefit to the players. It is a World Cup and one decision can change the game,” said Ranatunga.
DRS, which has been used in some bilateral Test series while ignored for others due to lack of agreement between the concerned boards, would be making its entry into ODI cricket after a trial phase in the Australia-England series currently going on.
“Each team is allowed to make two unsuccessful Player Review requests per innings. If a Player Review results in the umpire reversing his original decision, then the request has been successful and does not count towards the innings limit.
If the umpire’s decision is unchanged, the Player Review is unsuccessful,” the playing conditions state.
“After two unsuccessful requests by one team, no further Player Review requests will be allowed by that team during the current innings,” say the playing conditions for the tournament about DRS.
“If following a Player Review, an umpire upholds a decision of ‘Out’, but for a different mode of dismissal from that for which the original decision was given, then the request will still be regarded as unsuccessful.
“If following a Player Review, an umpire upholds a decision of ‘Not Out’ on account of the delivery being a no-ball for any reason, thereby not requiring any review of the ball’s subsequent trajectory, then this will not be counted as an unsuccessful request and not count towards the innings limit.”
The TV umpires have also been given a guide about balls pitching within the stumps for interpreting the laws on leg before wicket if called to use DRS.
“When using technology to determine where the ball pitched (as per Law 36.1(b)), the third umpire should refer to the ‘point’ (or centre) of the ball. Therefore, if at least 50 per cent of the ball pitches outside the line of leg stump, then no LBW dismissal is possible.
“When using a replay to determine the moment at which the wicket has been put down (as per Law 28.1), the third umpire should deem this to be the first frame in which one of the bails is shown (or can be deduced) to have lost all contact with the top of the stumps and subsequent frames show the bail permanently removed from the top of the stumps.”
Law 36 deals with LBW decisions and the relevant subsection is about the ball pitching in line with wicket or on the off side of the striker’s wicket.