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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Player Review Decision Welcome!

For ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Player Review Decisions are allowed meaning the captain of the fielding side or the batsman at the crease can appeal to the TV or third umpire for a review of 'out' or 'not out' decisions by making a T sign to the on-field umpire. A team is allowed two unsuccessful review appeals per innings. A review is considered unsuccessful if the third umpire does not reverse the on-field umpire's decision and the decision stands. If a player succeeds in getting the umpire's decision reversed then this will be a successful review and will not count for the limit of two decisions. We have seen today a Canadian batsman successfully reversing his 'out' decision to 'not out' by the third umpire. We have also seen two unsuccessful reviews by Canada against Sri Lanka while fielding.

This facility introduced earlier on a trial basis is most welcome considering the nowadays frequent umpiring mistakes. The rules are also practical. You cannot go on appealing on umpiring decisions as there is a limit of only two unsuccessful reviews per team per innings. But if you are fighting real umpiring menace then you can be successful in your review appeals and the limit of two would not apply. But technology must be sound enough to justify or reverse umpiring decisions.

Now if terrible Australian umpires are operating  Team India need not worry!

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