In LBW reviews, at least 50% of the ball must strike some portion of a stump, according to the current regulation. If the on-field verdict is not out, a batsman will live on the umpire’s call if it is less than 50%.

Under the Decision Review System, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made a major adjustment to how LBWs are judged. The bowlers will now have a border mark to shoot for, thanks to a revised set of rules introduced by the ICC and later accepted by the world body.

The bowlers will have a greater chance of having LBW decisions in their favor now that the bails are included in the ‘wicket field,’ while the ICC, driven by former India captain Anil Kumble, has agreed to keep the umpire’s call.


What changes have been made to the wicket zone?

The overall area of the stumps, height, and width combined, is the wicket zone. Before the rule reform, the zone up to the bottom edge of the bails was viewed in terms of height. The zone up to the top edge of the bails will now be in play as a result of the change in the law.

For example, under the old LBW rule, if an umpire adjudged a batsman not out, more than half of the ball had to touch the bottom edge of the bails for the decision to be reversed. Now half of the ball must touch the top edge of the bails for the on-field decision.

With the addition of 1.38 inches, the height of the bails, the bowlers now have a bit more room for LBWs. Under the old law, deliveries that only clipped the bails were left to the umpire’s judgment. If 50% of the ball hits the top edge of the bails after the change, the on-field decision will be overturned.


What is the umpire’s decision?

The DRS gives the benefit of the doubt to the on-field umpire’s decision in the umpire’s call. In LBW rulings, at least 50% of the ball must strike some portion of a stump, according to the current regulation. If the on-field verdict is not out, a batsman will live on the umpire’s call if it is less than 50%.


Why does the rule offer the on-field umpire the benefit of the doubt?

Because of two things… One of the basic pillars of cricket is that the umpire’s call is final. What’s worse, science isn’t right all the time. Hawk-Eye or ball-tracking has a margin of error ranging from 2.2 mm to 10 mm, according to popular belief. In marginal LBW rulings, the umpire’s call is believed.

“The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision-maker on the field of play was preserved, bearing in mind the element of prediction involved with the technology. The Umpire’s Call allows that to happen, which is why it is important it remains, “According to an ICC press release, Anil Kumble said.



Is the umpire’s decision frustrating for players and viewers?

“According to me, the umpire’s call right now is creating a lot of confusion. When you get bowled as a batsman, you don’t expect the ball to hit more than 50 percent into the stumps to consider yourself bowled, “Before the ODI series against England, India captain Virat Kohli said.

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have also debated the logic of keeping the umpire’s decision.”… so when the decision goes to the third umpire, let the technology take over; just like in tennis – it’s either in or out, there’s nothing in between,” Sachin Tendulkar had said previously.


What are the other changes?

Before demanding an LBW appeal, a player may now ask the umpire if “a real effort has been made to play the ball” (deliberate padding or not). Previously, the interpretation of the umpire was all that mattered, and the bowling side was not allowed to ask the question.


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