ICC committee recommends one-over play offs in place of bowl-out

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Dubai, May 7 : The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s cricket committee has proposed that the bowl-out in the event of a tie in the ICC World Twenty20 or ICC Champions Trophy should be replaced by a one-over-per-team play-off.

If this proposal is approved then it will come into effect at the ICC Champions Trophy 2008, which will be held in Pakistan from September 11 to 28 this year.

This has also been decided to permit players in Test cricket to consult the third umpire for any decision on catch by on-field umpires as to whether the catch has been taken cleanly before making the final decision themselves.

The ICC Cricket Committee concluded its two-day meeting in Dubai on Tuesday evening.

The ICC Cricket Committee held an in-depth and lengthy debate about the current cricket landscape in light of the fact that there are now three viable forms of the game at international level (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals).

The committee agreed that there was a strong need to identify and maintain a balance between the three formats so that all of them could continue to thrive.

It identified Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport and expressed the need for the best available participants (players, umpires, referees etc) to be involved in international cricket.

While accepting the need for a minimum requirement in terms of numbers of ODIs, Twenty20 Internationals and Tests between all teams, the committee stressed the need to protect icon series.

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