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ICC calls for review system in all matches

LONDON, May 11: The controversial Decision Review System (DRS) should be used in all international matches, the cricket committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) recommended here on Wednesday.

And they added teams should be restricted to one challenge per innings in one-day and Twenty20 games, rather than the current two.

The system, whereby players can challenge on-field decisions, was used in all matches throughout the recent World Cup in the subcontinent.

But for all other major international matches the agreement, in practice, of both sides is required although responsibility technically rests with the home board.

However, world champions India, have been opposed to the system almost from its inception and a controversial lbw decision during their World Cup tied match with England, where England’s Ian Bell was given not out even though replays suggested he was in fact lbw, would not have softened their stance.

However, following a two-day meeting of the ICC’s cricket committee here at Lord’s, Dave Richardson, the ICC’s general manager for cricket, was confident of changing India’s mind.

“The level of believability in ball-tracking systems has improved,” Richardson said. “Hopefully, member boards and the India board will take cognizance of that. We hope the decision is influential in that regard.”These recommendations will have to be submitted to the ICC’s chief executives’ committee and the global governing body’s main board for approval, with both next due to meet in Hong Kong from June 26-30.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s hopes of playing at the next cricket World Cup have been reignited by a recommendation from the ICC’s cricket committee that a qualifying process be introduced.

The ICC had previously suggested that World Cup be trimmed from this year’s 14 teams to the 10 Test nations for 2015.

But the committee has recommended some sort of qualifying after ICC president Sharad Pawar requested a review on behalf of second-tier teams such as Ireland, which only narrowly missed out on a quarter-final berth after beating England.

Richardson said one possibility is that the one-day rankings could be used to help determine qualification.

Ireland are currently ranked No 10, above Test nation Zimbabwe.