During a two-day meeting at Lord’s, the ICC cricket committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, and consisting of several other former Test players, took a few crucial decisions. Express takes a quick look at what transpired in the meeting...
Committee received a presentation on ICC’s plans to bring greater structure and context to international cricket in each of the game’s three formats. There were reports that promotion and relegation could be introduced into Test cricket in future, but the ICC release didn’t reveal any developments. Day/Night Tests were also discussed, but the need for consistency was stressed.
Use of technology
Committee received a presentation from the MIT engineers on their testing of the current technologies used as part of the Decision Review System (DRS).
After receiving a research paper from MCC citing statistical evidence showing bats have become more powerful in recent years, primarily due to having larger ‘sweet-spots,’ the committee felt MCC should consider limiting the dimensions of cricket bats.
The committee considered a proposal from Cricket Australia for a “concussion substitute” to be trialled for two years in domestic first-class cricket.
Committee expressed concerns that there were still too many instances of international cricketers wearing helmets which did not meet the latest British Safety Standard (BSS).
Women’s cricket update
The impact of the recent Women’s WT20 was discussed. Statistics showed the event received greater exposure and attracted 24.5m TV viewers in India alone.