ECB rejects ICC explanation

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Graeme Smith

The moment in question: Graeme Smith plays a cut against Ryan Sidebottom, but is reprieved by umpire and third umpire

The ECB has announced that they would be seeking a reinstatement of England's lost umpiring review in relation to the appeal made for a caught behind against South Africa captain Graeme Smith yesterday.

The ECB accepts that the decision must remain concerning the dismissal, but has issued a formal appeal following play on day two and contends that the lost review must be reinstated.

The ECB has sought further clarification from ICC that there is nothing in the regulations to prevent the ICC chief executive and/or match referee from re-instating the review to correct the gross error in process.

ECB managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris last night wrote to match referee Roshan Mahanama setting out England's concerns concerning the use of the decision review system in the fourth Test.

The ECB would like to make clear that the England team management had registered concerns regarding the absence of hotspot for use in the DRS system at a pre-series meeting attended by ICC officials and the match referee.

The England team management were advised that the protocol for this series would be that the sound on the stump microphone would be turned up on decision review to check for disputed catches.

In ECB and the England team management's view, the agreed protocol was not implemented and the sound was not turned up on review.

As a result a TV replay which indicated that bat had made contact with ball was heard by millions of television viewers but not by the match control team.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: “We have grave concerns about how this process was implemented and I will be addressing the issue at the highest levels within ICC during this match.”

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