Controversial umpire review system gets World Cup nod

LONDON, May 21, 2010 (AFP) – Cricket’s controversial umpire decision review system (DRS) will be used at the 2011 World Cup despite the technology causing splits amongst players. The International Cricket Council (ICC), meeting at Lord’s on Friday, also decided that the DRS should be introduced as soon as possible in all Test series.

“The ICC Cricket Committee recommends that DRS, subject to agreement with ICC broadcaster partners ESPN Star Sports, should be used in all matches in the World Cup 2011 in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” said an ICC statement.

As in Test cricket, each team will be allowed two referrals per innings to the third umpire who can replay the incident immediately via television pictures.

The system, however, hasn’t been warmly welcomed by all teams and was at the centre of an embarrassing row in January during the Johannesburg Test between South Africa and England.

England complained after television umpire Daryl Harper failed to overturn a not out decision against South African captain Graeme Smith because Harper allegedly failed to turn up the sound on an audio feed from the stump microphone.

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