When the ICC introduced the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in 2009, their intention was to eliminate the clearly incorrect umpiring decisions or “howlers” as they are commonly referred to. Despite their best laid plans, teams are increasingly using the UDRS in fifty-fifty situations resulting in a much larger reliance on technology in marginal decisions.
It seems that the most significant impact of the UDRS has been on LBW decisions. Spectators, commentators and even players often describe the system as confusing and overcomplicated. This post explains the ICC rules and provides guidance as to how the rules are interpreted in reviewing LBW decisions made by on-field umpires. Read More