“Over the last 18 months, the home country umpires have performed exceptionally well, aided by DRS, and whether we need an extra review or not, I believe we’re in a rhythm with that at the moment.”
“Once a lot of those restrictions are gone, the goal is to have neutral officials back.” It’s possible that it will happen more after the tournament, but it’s a country-by-country assessment,” he added.
Two evaluations will be given to each team per inning.
DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Sunday that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be utilised for the first time in the 2019 Men’s T20 World Cup.
The DRS is a technology-based system that aids match officials in making decisions. The ICC has voted to keep the T20 international cricket rules in place, allowing each team two reviews each innings.
Authorities had struggled to assure the participation of neutral umpires across all formats of cricket due to the coronavirus outbreak and its resulting travel restrictions.
As a result, less experienced umpires were assigned to officiate matches. To compensate for the loss, the sides were awarded an extra review each innings in all forms – essentially three in Test matches and two in white-ball internationals.
While the ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires and Match Referees has been assembled for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice has reaffirmed that the extra review will remain in place.
The cricket council, according to Allardice, has agreed not to amend the T20 cricket rules that have been in place for the previous 12 or 18 months.
The DRS system will be used for the first time in a T20 World Cup. Allardice expressed hope that neutral umpires would return to international cricket in the near future, but noted it would rely on a “country-by-country” basis.
“We were able to bring all of our Elite Panel umpires and referees to this competition to officiate.” The UAE is a relatively simple country to enter and exit these days. “The problem is in various countries with varying levels of limitation,” he explained.
He, on the other hand, was full of praise for the home umpires, saying that they, together with the DRS, had done an excellent job.