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Floodlit Tests move a step closer Published: 12 May 2011

The ICC Cricket Committee has suggested an extended trial of the pink cricket ball, advocated by MCC, as day/night Test matches are anticipated "before 2014".

The MCC World Cricket Committee have been staunch supporters of pink ball, day/night Tests - moving the traditional MCC v County Champions match to Abu Dhabi, under floodlights as part of their pink ball trials.

Speaking at Lord's the ICC's Dave Richardson and Clive Lloyd said they agreed with MCC's conclusion that the pink ball was the most effective for day/night conditions.

They agreed MCC's testing had removed any concerns over the visibility of the pink ball and all that remained to test was the durability of the ball in varied conditions. To that end they were recommending that ICC member nations trial the pink ball in domestic cricket.

Associate's World Cup boost

In cheering news for Associate nations such as Ireland, the ICC Cricket Committee agreed to recommend a system of qualification to the 2015 World Cup.

Previously the ICC had insisted only the ten Test playing nations would take part - ruling out the likes of Ireland, Netherlands and other non-Test nations.

That decision was greeted with dismay by many in the cricketing world, not least the Associate nations themselves and this decision by the ICC Cricket Committee - if followed through at Board level - re-opens the door to the showpiece tournament.

Umpire Decision Review System spreads

Richardson and Lloyd also confirmed that the ICC Cricket Committee had agreed to suggest that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) be implemented in every international match - Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20s.

Furthermore, in one day cricket (ODIs and T20s) the number of failed reviews available to each side should be reduced from two to one per team.

It was hoped that this would remove 'tactical' appeals and return the system to its intended use of appealing against incorrect decisions only.

Pressure on over rates

The ICC Cricket Committee also discussed the issue of slow over rates in international cricket - another topic the MCC World Cricket Committee have addressed.

It was agreed that international captains should be suspended for one match after two minor over rate offences. The current limit is three offences.

ODIs go multi-ball

The ICC Cricket Committee are also hoping to give ODIs "uniqueness" from Tests and ODIs and are investigating raising the limits on bouncers permitted (currently one per over) and removing the rule which makes a set number of close catchers compulsory.

They're also keen for domestic boards to trial a 'multi-ball' system, whereby the bowling team will have two new balls per innings - one from each end.

In theory this could result in teams conditioning one ball to favour seam bowlers and one to favour spinners. It is hoped this may assist in rebalancing the contest between bat and ball.


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