By Arjun Prasad
Cricket is an ever changing game. From the test format to the ever so popular T20 format, the game has changed for the good with the onus on ‘entertainment’. With this being said, there are slight changes you may tend to notice between the previous and current edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Here is a list of the major changes that will be adapted:
Super Over: Fret not if the game ends in a tie for the ICC has allowed the use of the ‘super over’ to settle the result. In its recent meeting conducted, the ICC agreed to allow and re-instate the use of the super over to settle drawn fixtures.
With a majority of sides boasting of solid T20 performers, the drawn fixtures will surely have a fitting finale.
DRS Transparency: All of us would have wondered what really goes through the mind of the umpires when their decision is subject to being referred by the players. This thought process of ‘wondering’ will soon be a thing of the past as the conversations between the umpires and the third umpire sitting in the dugout will now be made available to the viewers real time.
This addition to the DRS makes decisions more transparent and the viewers will be made aware of the aspects leading to the decision being made.
New balls at either end: Two new balls will be made available from either ends giving the fast bowlers an ample chance to make use of the given conditions. Unlike the previous version where there was a change of ball after the 34 over quota, this year will witness the fast bowlers hitting their ‘peak’.
Real time Snicko : In what looks like a landmark decision, ‘real time snicko’ will be used in this year’s world cup making it easy for viewers to judge the decisions given by the umpires on the jiffy. Excessive appealing has reduced the credibility of the game and hence the ICC have been forced to reinforce this rule to aid the innocent parties.