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England to use Test appeal system

Umpire Darrell Hair
Players will be allowed up to appeal against an umpire's decision

Players will be able to formally query umpiring decisions in England's Test series against the West Indies in 2009.

The umpire decision review system - first trialled in India and Sri Lanka's recent series - allows a team up to three unsuccessful appeals per innings.

England's tour to the Caribbean, which begins in January, will be one of four where the experiment will be used.

The decision was made by International Cricket Council (ICC) board members at their two-day meeting in Dubai.

England play four Tests in the Caribbean in February and March 2009 while the other three series which will use the system before the ICC's cricket committee meets in May are New Zealand v West Indies, India v Pakistan and South Africa v Australia.

The ICC board also considered an application from the controversial Indian Cricket League (ICL), seeking approval for their competition, at the sitting.

However, a decision was adjourned pending further discussions between Shashank Manohar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and ICL officials.

The ICC board has agreed to look at possible changes to bilateral tours, including an enhanced Test championship, and to undertake further research into whether there should be an application to have cricket included in the 2020 Olympics.

It was further agreed that next April's ICC World Cup Qualifier should be moved from the Middle East to South Africa, pending that country's governing body's permission, after the Emirates Cricket Board admitted not all venues would be ready in time.

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see also
Jayawardene backs umpire appeals
27 Jul 08 |  Cricket
England in West Indies 2009
01 Jun 08 |  England

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