Over the past few weeks, many in the cricket world have called for an end to the practice of on-court referees offering a ‘soft signal’ to the third referee while addressing a questionable decision.
And ahead of the Indian Premier League, the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) made it clear that a referee on the pitch will not be allowed to give soft signals while sending a decision back to the third referee. After approval by the Board of Governors, the Board updated Annex D – clause 2.2.2 – of the match conditions. Franchises have been advised that the “soft signal has been removed”.
Previously, Match Playing rules stipulated that “if both umpires on the field needed the assistance of the third referee in making a decision, the bowler’s end umpire must first make a decision on the field after having made a decision. consulted the attacker’s end referee, before consulting by two-way radio with the third referee. Such a consultation should be initiated by the bowler’s end umpire to the third umpire by creating the shape of a television screen with his or her hands, followed by a soft signal of Out or Not Out done with the hands near the chest to chest height. If the third referee advises that the replay evidence is inconclusive, the on-field decision communicated at the start of the consultation process will stand. “
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But in the updated clause, the soft signal has been removed to ensure fair judgment by the third referee.
According to the rules of the International Cricket Council, a soft signal is a visual communication by the final referee from the bowler to the third referee of his initial decision on the pitch before initiating a review by the referee. At the ICC board meeting on Thursday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah told other members that a change in the referee’s protocol on the field regarding soft signals was needed. .
The issue of the soft signal has been in the news since the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav during the fourth T20I between India and England in Ahmedabad. Yadav was caught off guard by Dawid Malan during a delivery from Sam Curran. Although it was not clear if this was a clean catch from Malan, third referee Virender Sharma confirmed the referee’s ‘soft signal’ on the pitch citing the lack of conclusive evidence. .
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20th plus included within 90 minutes
There has also been a change in the system of minimum surcharges. Previously, the match playing conditions suggested that “the minimum pass rate to be achieved in IPL matches will be 14.11 overshoots per hour (not taking into account the time taken by timeouts). In uninterrupted matches, this means that the 20th above should start within 90 minutes (i.e. 85 minutes of playing time plus 5 minutes of time-out) of the start of the round. For delayed or interrupted matches where a round is scheduled to be less than 20 rounds, the maximum time of 90 minutes will be reduced by 4 minutes 15 seconds for each round in which the rounds are reduced. “
According to clause 12.7.1 of the new directives, the “20th violation is included in the 90 minutes”.
According to the new guidelines, in the case of the short run, the third referee checks the short run and can overrule the decision made by the on-court referees.
Previously, clause 18.5.1 suggested that “if one of the referees considers that one or both batsmen have deliberately missed at the end of that referee, the referee concerned shall, when the ball is dead, call and signal Short circuit and inform the other referee of what has happened and apply clause 18.5.2. “
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Updates to the MPC for 2021 compared to the 2020 edition
1. Clause 12.7.1 – 20th violation is included in 90 minutes.
2. Clause 16.3.1 – In an uninterrupted match, the following super-overs may be played up to one hour after the actual end time of the tied matches.
3. Clause 18.4.6 – In the case of the short set, the third referee checks the short set and may overrule the decision taken by the referees on the field.
4. Clause 21.5.2 – The third referee may overrule the referee’s no-ball decision on the court.
5. Annex A – Clause 5.10- The definition of the software signal is deleted.
6. Annex D – Clause 2.2.2 – Update. The soft signal is suppressed.
7. Annex F – Point number 25 is deleted. (According to the 2020 playing conditions, point number 25 said, “In circumstances where there are unavoidable time constraints (for example, a requirement to turn off the projectors at a certain time) which does not allow the several Super Over (s), the IPL match referee may limit the number of possible Super Over (s) and must inform both captains accordingly before the start of the first Super Over).