ICC Committee Recommends Red Cards📕 & Test Championship🏆

The Decision Review System is set to be introduced for all Twenty20 internationals, while teams will not lose a review when an LBW referral comes back as ‘umpire’s call’ under a host of changes recommended by the ICC's Cricket Committee.

The recommendations primarily suggested greater context to Test cricket, the use of DRS in Twenty20 Internationals and for the game to be involved in the Olympics. If the changes are approved, new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from October 1.

The influential 15-member committee, which is chaired by India coach Anil Kumble and includes Australia coach Darren Lehmann as well as legends like Mahela Jaywardene, Rahul Dravid and Andrew Strauss, met in London this week to examine and consider a number of issues and also endorse a list of changes made by the Marylebone Cricket Club to the Code of Laws earlier this year.

Under the proposed changes, teams would no longer lose a review for an ‘umpire’s call’ LBW review, but the current 80-over top up of reviews in Test cricket would be scrapped. It would leave teams with just two reviews for the entire innings, while teams would continue to have one review per limited-overs innings.

More power for the umpires as they can dish out punishments varying from red cards to penalty runs for unsportsman like conduct. The committee also push for a Test championship in order to provide context to the longest form of the game, and for the future involvement of cricket in the Olympic Games.

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