Sri Lanka-India series to see start of umpires’ review system

NEW DELHI, June 16, 2008 (AFP) – An experimental rule allowing players to seek a second opinion on umpiring decisions will be put on trial during India’s upcoming series in Sri Lanka, officials said on Monday. The rule says a batsman or fielding captain may request the review of any decision taken by on-field umpires by referring it to the third official monitoring television replays.

Each team will be allowed three unsuccessful review requests per innings. But if an umpire reverses his original decision after a review appeal, the benefiting team will be allowed an additional appeal.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to trial the review in March, but it had to be put off after England and South Africa failed to reach an agreement on it for their Test series next month.

The Indian cricket board said in a statement on Monday that the new rule will be used during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Colombo on July 23.

A player can make a request for a review by making a ‘T’ sign with his hands and if the TV umpire rules in the player’s favour, the on-field umpire will have to overrule his previous decision.

The rule will apply for all modes of dismissals exce