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Explained: ICC makes massive change to Stumping rule to avoid misuse of DRS technology

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The game of cricket has seen many changes over the years. With every year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) keeps on modifying the game with a number of rules. Hence, the ICC has taken another step and made a necessary change to disallow teams from exploiting the use of DRS during stumpings.

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As per the report from Cricbuzz, the ICC has made a change during the stumping appeal. Earlier, when a team appeals for stumpings, the referrals also include DRS checking for caught behind. The most recent incident happened in the test match against Australia and Pakistan.

Australian wicket-keeper Alex Carey asked for stumpings, which also had a check for caught behind, that confirmed the edge, and Australia got the wicket without using DRS. Just like this, players and teams used to exploit the use of DRS in such cases during the game.

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Hence, the ICC has made it clear that in case of the stumping refferals from the umpire, only side-on replays will be shown on the screen. There will be no confirmation related to caught behind through any mode. And to check the edge, the fielding side needs to take the DRS, if available.

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According to reply, “The change confines a stumping review to only check for stumped, therefore preventing the fielding team a free review for other modes of dismissal (i.e, caught behind) without choosing a player review.”

This decision was taken to stop the overuse of the technology and refining the decision to make it more better. The ICC keeps on making important modifications to the rules to maintain the balance between the technology and the spirit of the game.

Furthermore, the report also clears the rule of the concussion substitutes. It says, if the team uses a substitute, then he can’t bowl during the game, if in case the player he replaced was suspended from bowling. Adding to that, the ICC has now given the full authority to the on-field umpires to check related to the waist-high no-balls and they can step-in to check it any time.

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