Teams at this year’s T20 WC will receive two decision notifications each per. Innings and continues a rule change to ensure more transparency in games with less neutral umpires available around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cricket Australia have confirmed that the Decision Review System (DRS) will remain unavailable in Big Bash again this summer due to the complexity of getting technology operators across international and state borders.
But the defense against the prospect of judging howling at the World Cup has to some extent been diminished by the confirmation of the two reviews per. Hold pr. Innings at each match for this month’s T20 World Cup.
It will also be the first T20 World Cup for men using DRS.
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The change in playing conditions was introduced in June 2020, when the mandatory need for neutral referees at international matches became impossible due to border restrictions around the world.
But although the ICC’s elite panel of referees and referees gathered at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, including three Australians, ICC’s acting chief executive Geoff Allardice confirmed that the extra review would remain in place for the tournament.
“Instead of treating this tournament differently, we have just continued with what has been in place for the last 12 or 18 months,” Allardice said Sunday.
Allardice said the ICC hoped neutral referees would be used globally sooner rather than later, but that it should be looked at “country-by-country” given the various Covid-19 restrictions in play.
That could mean all-Australian umpires for this summer’s Ashes series.
“We are able to get all our elite panel judges here and our judges here to judge in this tournament. The UAE is a country that is pretty straightforward now to move in and out of. The problem is in other countries that have different restrictions, ”Allardice said.
“Our position has been that we will try to use neutral officials where circumstances allow. In a number of countries, there are still restrictions that make the difficult and moving referees in as individuals slightly different from team movements, and we have found that out over the last few months.
“The goal is to get neutral officials back when many of these restrictions are lifted. It may happen more after this tournament, but it is very much a country-by-country assessment. ”
Australia starts the T20 World Cup on October 23 with a showdown against South Africa.
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