According to recent release by the ICC Ireland cricket hasreceived fresh hope to get a berth in the next world cup. ICC’s cricket committee recommendation says that Ireland and other Associate nations will play qualifying tournament for the world cup. The committee which consisted of some ex-players and administrators has said that ICC should scrap its controversial decision of restricting the world cup to 10 members. But it has not specified the format of the competition.
Still its not clear whether the ICC will listen to the recommendation of the committee. This proposal will be taken up and looked upon in ICC’s next meeting in June. There some other recommendations made by the committee in the meeting like use of pink balls in first class cricket and also starting floodlit test matches. ICC’s general manager David Richardson and committee chairman said that they are hoping to have first floodlit Test Match in 2014.
There is still one hurdle in the use of the pink balls, like the pink balls are able to survive only 80 overs in difficult conditions, booth dry and wet.
The first floodlit test match is expected to take place at Lord’s or SCGThe first floodlit Test is likely to be held at Lord’s or the SCG, and all the test playing nations are expected to take it up. It is said that the day night tests will enable the spectators to come and watch the matches after finishing work. A prime time show will also be aired from 6pm to 9pm for the sport.
The committee has suggested making some tweaks in the ODI format. Which will be the use of two balls in each innings by each teams and it is mandatory for the teams to use Powerplay between 16th and 40th over. The bowlers will be allowed to bowl two bouncers at the domestic levels for trial. Finally it was said that the Umpire Decision Review System will be used in all International matches.
Currently the use of the review system is dependent on the agreement of the Boards before the start of any series but if ICC agrees the suggestion its use will become mandatory. Board of Control for Cricket in India is the only Board which objects to the use of UDRS in the International Cricket. So it is still not clear whether UDRS will be used in the India and England Test Series.
The committee suggested that the number of referrals which go unsuccessful should be cut short from two to one in each of the innings.
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