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    January 29, 2009

    Only 2 reviews in West Indies-England series

    The ICC announced today that there will only be 2 reviews per innings per team during the upcoming West Indies v England tests.

    In the ICC's own words
    It has become clear during the trial so far that three unsuccessful reviews per innings is too many as there is potential there for frivolous or unnecessary reviews to be made by one side or the other.
    I find this bizarre. So is there only 1 frivolous appeal every inning? Are teams appealing for the third review just to get it out of the way? I suspect not!

    If anything, this increases the possibility that the umpire makes a howler which the players can't appeal against. Doesn't that contradict why this system was introduced in the first place?

    Imagine if the test match or series was up for grabs, with the last pair at the crease and an appeal for lbw was made, but the umpire ruled not out even though it was quite plumb. The bowling team finds to its agony that it has exhausted all its reviews. The batsmen go on to save/win the test. I'm guessing that it isn't an altogether unlikely scenario. So why should a team be penalized for using up its reviews even as an umpire getting it wrong totally costs them a test/series?

    Unfortunately, I don't see any indication of time restrictions being placed on players & umpires to prevent abuse of the system or pretty much bring play to a standstill. In addition, there is no mention of other technology being made available to the TV umpire.

    I believe that there should be an unlimited number of reviews, with run penalties for failed attempts. What about you? Vote and tell us!

    PS: Is the West Indies-England series still called the "Wisden Trophy" or is it now called the Bloomsbury Trophy?

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    But then how many runs should be put up as penalty for a failed attempt, because if it is like 5 runs or so, I don't think it would act as a deterrent for making silly referrals sometimes. I think 2 unsuccessful attempts is quite ok. But we will have to see how that goes. If it is going to be more than 2, we have seen the situation in Ind-SL and NZ-WI tests where it would just seem absurd when third umpires would have no choice but to give the batsman out even if it was marginal. (esp, lbw decisions against spinners)

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