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DRS, day/night Tests on agenda in ICC meet

DUBAI: A review of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), the format of ODIs and the planned day/night Tests would be on the agenda when the ICC Cricket Committee meets at Lord’s, London for two-day deliberations starting May 10.

The committee chaired by Clive Lloyd, includes former stars Mark Taylor, Ravi Shastri, Ian Bishop, ex-India coach Gary Kirsten, Tim May, Kumar Sangakarra, Trent Johnston, Steve Davis, Ranjan Madugalle and Clare Connor.

“A wide range of other issues, including the use of artificial lights in Tests, use of runners in international cricket and other potential changes to cricket’s laws and playing conditions will also be discussed at the two-day meeting,” the ICC said in a statement.

The committee’s remit is to discuss and formulate recommendations to the Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board for approval. The next meetings of those committees are set for Hong Kong during the ICC’s annual conference week, from 26-30 June.

The committee will review the results of the DRS to date and will discuss the continued application of the system, including its possible use on a permanent basis in ODIs.

The DRS, introduced in October 2009 following trials in the series between Sri Lanka and India (August 2008), New Zealand and West Indies (December 2008), West Indies and England (February/March 2009) and South Africa and Australia (February/March 2009), has been implemented in 31 Tests.

The committee will also debate the way forward for day/night Tests and consider if sufficient progress had been made to recommend the trial of floodlit Tests.

“The committee will consider the outcomes of various research and trials conducted in domestic cricket by Cricket Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Marylebone Cricket Club involving the use of different colour balls under day/night conditions,” the ICC said.

The committee will also discuss and decide whether there is a need to recommend any revisions to the ODI format.