Player Review Rule: International Cricket Council have shared some playing conditions for the final match of World Test Championship 2021.
With exactly three weeks remaining for the final match of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand in Southampton, the ICC (International Cricket Council) has announced the playing conditions for the historic match.
Divisions such as Drawn/Tied match, Reserve Day, Short Run and DRS Review were among the major concerns which were addressed by the global cricket board. While these minor changes will enhance the experience of playing and watching the match for players and fans respectively, it will also remove the scope for confusion especially in the final of a world event.
Player Review Rule in WTC Final 2021
In addition to the aforementioned rules, ICC have also thrown light on the Player Review with respect to knowing whether a batsman has offered a shot or left the ball in lbw cases.
According to the current rule, if a batsman offers a shot with the impact of the ball being outside the off-stump, he is declared not-out because of the impact. Similarly, if a batsman doesn’t offer a shot, the impact of the ball becomes irrelevant. In such cases, a batsman is given out if the ball is predicted to be hitting the stumps and vice-versa.
While the ICC haven’t altered the rule, they have made an amendment in the existing rule. Earlier, a fielding captain or a batsman weren’t informed if the umpire’s decision is based on a batsman offering a shot or leaving the ball.
However, according to the new playing conditions, both the batsman and the fielding captain can ask the umpire whether his decision is based on a batsman offering a shot or leaving the ball.
Readers must note that ICC haven’t made any change in the existing rule. It’s just that this amendment will reduce on-field confusion with respect to the DRS.
Given how teams used to lose reviews based on their perception of the umpire’s decision, the same won’t be the case now as perception will be replaced by the option of knowing the umpire’s thought process behind a decision.
The same will aid both the batsmen and fielding captains to take smart decisions regarding opting for DRS or opting against it in confusing situations around a batsman’s offering shot or leaving the ball.