DRS, day/night Tests on agenda in ICC cricket committee meet

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Dubai, May 8 (PTI): A review of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), the format of One-dayers 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.

It was also used in the 49 World Cup matches and in seven ODIs between Australia and England which were played in the lead-up to cricket's flagship event.

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.

Split innings, powerplay overs, possible use of two new balls per innings and allowing bowlers to bowl more overs than previously permitted will be some of the many options that will be discussed and considered.

"The committee will discuss the applicability of various laws of cricket and playing conditions as relevant to Tests, ODIs and T20Is, in particular Laws 2.1 (use of runners by batsmen ), 42.15 (bowler attempting to run out the non-striker) and 37.1 (batsman obstructing the field while running between the wickets)," the ICC said.