Lloyd to supervise DRS inquiry

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Graeme Smith edges Ryan Sidebottom behind on 15. He was given not out after an England review and continued on to 105

The ICC has appointed barrister Brent Lockie and Clive Lloyd to carry out an investigation into the application of the decision review system in the Johannesburg Test between South Africa and England.

That follows an official complaint lodged by the ECB with the world governing body on the third day of the recently-concluded fourth Test.

The ECB was concerned that the volume for the stump microphone was insufficient for third umpire Daryl Harper to rule correctly on a appeal for caught behind against South Africa captain Graeme Smith on the second day.

“The exact parameters and timeframe of the investigation will be determined in due course,” an ICC statement issued today read.

Advocate Lockie is a senior advocate from Edinburgh and a member of the ICC code of conduct commission. He is also a disciplinary tribunal member for Cricket Scotland and has vast experience in adjudicating on cricket-related matters.

Lloyd is a former West Indies captain and currently chairman of the ICC cricket committee.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said: “The ICC has appointed two eminent individuals to investigate the exact circumstances relating to the application of the DRS in Johannesburg.

“The DRS is a ground-breaking system which was introduced to eliminate the obvious umpiring errors.

“The majority of players and officials who experienced the system in the southern hemisphere summer, have expressed qualified support for using the system.

“While this feedback is positive and reassuring, we understand the need to continue enhancing the system in these early days and I’m sure this independent investigation will assist in that regard.”

The full statement of complaint issued by the ECB can be read here.

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