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64 mins were lost to DRS in NZ vs ENG series; MCC suggest ways to reduce time wastage

The suggestions were made taking into consideration the results arrived at after the observations made during New Zealand's three Tests in England in June.

Kartik Mehindru Written By: Kartik Mehindru @mehindrukartik New Delhi Published on: September 02, 2022 21:06 IST
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Image Source : TWITTER "In general, ICC playing regulations be reviewed to tighten the parameters around when substitutes are permitted onto the field of play i.e. with gloves, drinks etc," MCC said in a statement.

Custodians of the laws of cricket, MCC have made suggestions to the ICC regarding time wastage and streamlining of the DRS protocols. 

The suggestions were made taking into consideration the results arrived at after the observations made during New Zealand's three Tests in England in June. The panel is comprised of 12 members headed by Mike Gatting and also has BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

"In general, ICC playing regulations be reviewed to tighten the parameters around when substitutes are permitted onto the field of play i.e. with gloves, drinks etc," MCC said in a statement.

Going into details, it said: "the fielding team should immediately return to their positions, ready to bowl the next delivery" when a decision is reviewed.

"Batters should also remain in proximity and prepare to recommence play. No drinks should be brought onto the field. If the decision is overturned to Out, the fielding side will still have time to celebrate," the statement further added.

It further urged the umpires and match referees to be "more proactive at speeding up play and enforcing Laws 41.9 and 41.10, which provide a warning for the first offence, followed by the award of Penalty runs for deliberate slow play."

One of the "key findings" of the research during the New Zealand Test was approximate "64 minutes" were lost during the series to the DRS. Giving a break-up, it says: "Player discussions where no review was taken – 6 minutes; Player reviews – 47 minutes; and Umpire reviews – 11 minutes."

"It took an average of 25 seconds for the fielding side to be ready to bowl the next ball after the DRS had confirmed an umpire's Not out decision."

On average, four minutes were lost on each day’s play for DRS reviews. Ball checks and changes averaged between two and four minutes per day of lost time."

The statement further reviews the time it took for the 12th man to bring in helmets or gloves. 

"Batters changing gloves or 12th Men bringing on helmets resulted in lots of delays. Such changes caused delays of around two and a half minutes each day in Tests, which was 90 seconds more than in County Championship cricket."

Chairman of the MCC World Cricket committee Gatting said they are concerned about declining over rates for some years.

"We note that the ICC has enacted quite strong penalties for captains and teams, but it does not appear to have had the desired impact as over rates are consistently slow and decreasing," he said. He further added that there are many areas where time can be saved. 

"We have little doubt that there are several areas where time can be saved, without adversely affecting the quality of play. We hope that by eradicating some of the reasons as to why over rates are slow, we will encourage audiences, improve the look of the game and increase the profile of Test cricket on a global basis," Gatting said. 

Recently both India and Pakistan were penalised for slow-over rate during their Asia Cup 2022 clash. 

(Inputs PTI)

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