Review system mooted for World Cup

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The decision review system, which came under considerable scrutiny in South Africa, is being considered for 50-over cricket

The International Cricket Council’s decision review system is “here to stay” - and may even be used in next year’s World Cup.

The DRS, introduced to Test matches in November, was a notable source of disenchantment at times during England’s recent tour of South Africa.

The furore over third umpire Daryl Harper’s decision to uphold a not-out verdict against home captain Graeme Smith after a review for caught-behind threatened to overshadow the entire fourth Test in Johannesburg.

The system - by which teams are allowed to review on-field decisions to the TV official - has merely been operational in 13 Test matches thus far.

But following the ICC's meeting in Dubai, it is also under consideration to expand the use of DRS to the 50-over format.

David Richardson, the ICC general manager of cricket, conducted a two-day ‘workshop’ following this week’s meeting, which benefited from the input of broadcasters, technology suppliers and umpire representatives.

“It was an extremely valuable two days for technology development, and we are grateful to all those who attended,” he said.

“It was clear that everyone believes technology is here to stay.

“There was also constructive discussions on whether DRS should be used for the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

The ICC announced two months ago it would conduct a separate inquiry into the events involving England at Johannesburg, and others arising. That investigation is still ongoing.

“The scope of the discussion covered the protocols for broadcasters and umpires, as well as the playing conditions around DRS,” Richardson added.

“We also looked at the preferred technology, whether there was a need for standardisation for all Tests around the world and the cost of providing equipment at all Test matches.”

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