Bangalore: The International Cricket Council on Saturday (February 7) confirmed that Hot Spot would not be a part of the technology used for the Decision Review System (DRS) in the World Cup 2015 due to shortage of equipment.
Addressing the media in Adelaide, Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager, said that despite the absence of Hot Spot, DRS would continue to be used, with ball tracking and the Snickometer available for all matches.
"We'll be using ball tracking and the Snicko for all matches," said Allardice. "So it will be applied evenly across every match in the group stage and also the final stages. The primary reason for not using Hot Spot is that the number of cameras needed to cover all matches given the schedule was just far in excess of the number available. So it wasn't practical to do it for all matches under the same conditions, so that was the reason we didn't go down that path."
Allardice rejected suggestions that there were objections to the use of DRS from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), but added that the ICC would revisit the use of the technology after the World Cup.
"The decision was taken a long time ago that the DRS was going to be used in ICC events in this cycle from 2007 through 2015," he explained. "It was used in the 2011 World Cup, it was used at the Champions Trophy in 2013, and it's used in this World Cup, so it's business as usual.
"There is work going on at the moment around reviewing DRS and the use of technology, and I think it's been status quo to the World Cup using the same system we've used for a while. But I think after the World Cup, we'll revisit the last few years and see how it's going and whether the protocols that are in place at the moment are the ones that serve our game the best."
One of the major concerns for the ICC in recent times has been the increasing instances of players overstepping the boundaries of acceptable on-field behaviour. Allardice said the ICC would be harsher in dealing with sledging and abuses, saying match referees would impose stiffer fines and suspensions if needed.
"The umpires over the last four months or so have been quite strong in the way they've been reporting players who step over the line," he said. "They probably aren't going to do things a lot different in terms of reporting players, but the penalties might be just a touch higher than they'd otherwise be. If players are conducting level 2 charges, suspension is an option. We don't take the suspending of players lightly or there is not going to be an overreaction in that regard. But if a player does step across the line to such an extent that he warrants a suspension, the referees will consider that."
Allardice defended ICC's crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions in recent times and said the testing process would be fast-tracked if any bowler was reported during the World Cup.
"It's encouraging that a number of bowlers have been able to rectify their actions in that period of time and come back to this tournament in a condition where they're able to bowl without restriction," he said. "From our point of view, we just want bowlers bowling within the laws of the game, and that no one's getting an unfair advantage in any way. I think the system is working reasonably well at the moment.
"Any player reported for suspect action during the World Cup will need to go the accredited testing centre in Brisbane straightaway, and they'll go through the normal ICC testing process up there. We're looking to turn those results around as quickly as possible. So between reporting and results being available, we're hoping it will be around seven days."
Another major responsibility for the ICC is to ensure a corruption-free World Cup. Allardice said the anti-corruption unit is well prepared and wasn't taking anything for granted.
"The focus has been so strong on the anti-corruption unit that the number of concerns around international matches has been relatively low. That certainly doesn't mean we're taking anything for granted with this tournament. The efforts and the manning of the matches is going to be at a very high level during this event."
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