Johannesburg, July 31 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) will reportedly trial an independent television feed in a bid to improve its controversial Decision Review System (DRS) during the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
According to Sport24, DRS, designed to eliminate 'howlers' by on-field umpires, has been at the centre of several controversial decisions in the first two Test of the Ashes, both of which England have won to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The report further said that former Australian captain Ian Chappell has been among the leading individuals calling for the system to become a fully independent operation and not rely on the technology of the host broadcaster, as is the case currently.
Persuaded by the calls, the ICC will thereby trial an independent feed during this week's Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford, although it will not yet be available to help the third umpire with his deliberations.
According to ICC chief executive David Richardson, the new feed, which is still at the 'drawing room stage', might work as part of an improved DRS set-up, adding that there will be a bank of televisions in the third umpire's room, with Hawkeye, replays and Hot Spot directly available to him to look at independently to what is on TV.
The former South African wicketkeeper had added that the idea behind having a new feed is to give the third umpire access to information he needs much quicker and not be reliant on the television producer to do it. (ANI)