The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved changes to the umpire’s call with respect to not-out lbw decisions under the DRS. For on-field lbw decisions to be overturned from October 1, the ball-tracking technology will need to show half of the ball hitting a zone that includes the outside of off and leg stumps. Earlier, half of the ball had to hit a zone between the centre of off and leg stumps for not-out lbw decisions to be overturned.
An ICC release said, “The size of the zone inside which half the ball needs to hit for a Not Out decision to be reversed to Out will increase, changing to a zone bordered by the outside of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails (formerly the centre of off and leg stumps, and the bottom of the bails).”
The amendment will come into effect from October 1 or from the start of any series using DRS that commences just prior to this date. The change will benefit bowlers, and more batsmen are likely to be given out because the area the ball needs to hit for the decision to be overturned has increased.