London: Players will be able to challenge onfield decisions made by the umpires in a trial by the English and Wales Cricket Board during the Friends Provident Trophy limited-overs tournament.
The captain of the fielding team and the batsman in question will be able to refer calls to the TV umpire. Each team will be allowed two unsuccessful challenges per innings and the TV umpire will only be allowed to reverse a decision if it is beyond a reasonable doubt that the umpire on the pitch has made a mistake.
The only dismissal that cannot be challenged is when a batsman is “timed out”.
“While we acknowledge the high standard of umpiring in our domestic game, we believe that the opportunity to explore ways that we can achieve even more correct decisions must be taken, and this is the aim or the trial,” ECB head of operations Alan Fordham said Tuesday in a statement.
The Friends Provident Trophy is round-robin competition involving all English counties and the Scotland and Ireland national teams. Players will also display their nicknames on the back of their shirts.