ICC innovations structure isn’t very appealing

It has been reported in today’s paper that the ICC are considering a trial where players can appeal against the umpires decision. They are talking about using the Champions Trophy as a test bed for the idea. I noted the other day that the players don’t take the Champions Trophy very seriously, and it appears that the ICC does not either.

The ICC cricket committee, chaired by Indian great Sunil Gavaskar and including former Australian captain Allan Border, will debate whether players should be allowed to appeal against a certain number of decisions per innings if they feel they have been wronged by umpires.

An appeals system has been used in the National Football League for years, and the ICC denied such a process in cricket could undermine the authority of the standing umpires.

“What we are looking to do is increase the already high numbers of correct decisions made by our on-field umpires without diminishing their role and this approach has the potential to do just that,” said Dave Richardson, ICC’s general manager of cricket.

Presumably, a captain could appeal, say, two contentious decisions per innings and ask that they be referred to the third umpire. The standard of international umpiring has been a big issue recently.

The standard of international umpiring is in fact fine, if you ask me. Australia toured South Africa and Bangladesh and played 5 tests and 8 odi games and I don’t remember a single contentious decision.

While I am a crusty old curmudgeon, I do not in fact have a problem with new ideas in cricket. However, I do have notions about the proper place to test new ideas, and the ICC Champions Trophy, whatever its merits, or otherwise, is not in fact one of those places. If the ICC had asked a member country to test its ‘supersub’ rule in a domestic competition, the flaws in the idea, which were manifest at the time anyway, could have been demonstrated in a slightly less public manner.

South Africa v Australia, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day

Fourth day from Jo’burg. Chat away for those with Sky…

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 5th day

Final day. South Africa’s backs against the wall. Equally, the weather might play a part – and the pitch, too (it’s 22.40 the night before…rumours there’s a dispute with the pitch which was repaired yesterday when it shouldn’t have been. So it’s being unrepaired!)

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 4th day

I really need to plan this better, but because I post these things in advance (it’s Friday and I’m about to go out), I have nothing to add. I do like beer though, and have just had some rather nice cheddar. Rock on, cricket fans.

(it’s now Sunday night – Australia in command. Can SA pull it back? Can they b*******)

South Africa vs Australia again

Brett Lee has just sliced through the South African lower order to engineer a collapse. South Africa lost 5 for 12, to be all out for 267. Australia’s lead is over 100, and it is GAME ON as far as Ponting’s boys are concerned.

There’s nothing in cricket quite like a rampant Australian fast bowler tearing through the opposition. Except, perhaps, a rampant Australian leg-spinner tearing through the opposition! The stoush between Nel and Lee was exciting as it was brief. Top stuff!

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 3rd day

3rd day at Durban. Rock on like the rockers you are.

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 2nd day

Second day at Durban. Rock on.

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Durban, 1st day

29 hundreds for Ricky Ponting. Sachin’s record is under serious threat; the bloke’s an utter run machine (and not in the criminally-dull Kallis-mode – he’s great to watch, too). Even stevens…perhaps Australia just about edge the first day.

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, Day Three

Day three of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town

Chat away. (posted in advance, hence lack of any interesting words here)

South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, Day Two

Day two of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Cape Town

Chat away. (posted in advance, hence lack of any interesting words here)