Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara has vented his frustration at the Decision Review System after England batsman Jonny Bairstow survived by the narrowest of margins in the third Test at Lord’s overnight.
However, the rule governing lbw reviews may be soon set to change under a recommendation from the ICC’s cricket committee. The issue was brought to the fore again on the opening day of the Test on Wednesday, when Bairstow survived an extremely tight review when on 56.
The tracking tool showed the centre of the ball was millimetres outside the line running down the middle of Bairstow’s leg stump, upholding the original decision.
Under the new rules, Bairstow would have been given out and England would have been left 6-182. The Englishman – who was also dropped on 11 – eventually went to stumps unbeaten on 107, leaving the Sri Lankans frustrated. The review also prompted a strong reaction from Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, who shared his frustration on social media.
Sri Lanka also lost one of their two reviews as a result of the unsuccessful challenge.
However, the benefit of the doubt given to the batsman in the ICC’s Decision Review System could soon be reduced by half. Currently, 50 per cent of the ball has to be striking the stumps for a batsman to be given out lbw and overturn a not-out verdict by the on-field umpire. However, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena revealed the ICC’s cricket committee had discussed a change to the rule and would likely recommend the alternation to the governing body.
Under the new rules, only 25 per cent of the ball would need to be hitting the stump for a decision to be overturned.
“We’ve decided that the 50 per cent rule should be reduced to 25 per cent,” Jayawardena, who now sits on the ICC’s cricket committee, told ESPN on Thursday. “The MCC rule book says if it hits the wicket any part, it should be given out. So you’re going away from all that with the DRS 50 per cent rule.” UK newspaper The Telegraph reported that research conducted by the ICC had shown that by changing it to 25 per cent, 80 per cent more batsmen would be given out on review. Sri Lanka lost one of their two challenges as a result of the failed review on Thursday, but Jayawardene is confident a change in the rules would alleviate fielding captains of this issue. “If you take 25 per cent out, the stat says that 75 to 80 per cent of the decisions that were called umpire calls in the past will be taken out and be given out,” he said. “You think benefit of the doubt when sometimes umpires are considering those margins, that 25 per cent is okay, but I think 50 per cent is too much.” The recommendations by the cricket committee will be discussed at the ICC’s annual meeting in Edinburgh this month and if approved, could come into force in Test and ODIs by the end of September. (Courtesy Cricket.com.au)