Adelaide - The influential World Cricket
Committee has proposed a change to the Decision Review System (DRS), the
law-making Marylebone Cricket Club said on Friday.
The group, featuring some of the biggest
names in world cricket including former Australia captains Steve Waugh and
Ricky Ponting and Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara, is an independent body
funded by the MCC, who are the acknowledged guardians of the laws and spirit of
International Cricket Council chief
executive who is also a committee member, said the governing body is paying
close attention to the ideas of the MCC think-tank.
The committee met in Adelaide ahead of the
inaugural day-night Test, discussing many topics including the contentious DRS.
"There should be no loss of a review
for the fielding side if the ball is shown to be clipping the stumps in the
umpire's call zone," the committee said in a statement.
"This could then allow the removal of
the reallocation of two reviews after 80 overs."
The issue was highlighted in last week's
second trans-Tasman Test in Perth when New Zealand used their final review to
refer a confident leg before wicket appeal on day one.
Ball-tracking technology suggested it was
hitting the top of middle stump.
But with just under 50 percent of the ball
predicted to hit the wicket, the verdict was deemed the umpire's call and New
Zealand lost the remaining challenge.
The MCC group hoped an upcoming
Massachusetts Institute of Technology report on the accuracy of DRS
technologies would convince sceptical India to finally embrace the system.
The think-tank was also impressed by a
report from former Test umpire Simon Taufel on technology designed to allow the
third umpire to monitor no-balls.
"A fast, automated system for the
calling of front-foot no-balls would be a welcome enhancement to the
game," the committee said.
The committee also expressed concern about
the lack of balance between bat and ball and the fact home advantage carries
too much significance in Test cricket.
The group, a long-time supporter of
day-night Tests, suggested a wider process was required to help boost interest
in Test cricket.
"Other factors to be considered
include the quality of pitches, marketing, ticket pricing, access for children,
spectator experience and finding ways of making sure that each country's best
players are available," the committee noted.