Cricket backs TV reviews

SINGAPORE -The International Cricket Council plans to implement an umpire decision review system at next year's World Cup to avoid the refereeing errors that have plagued football's World Cup in South Africa.

SINGAPORE -The International Cricket Council plans to implement an umpire decision review system at next year's World Cup to avoid the refereeing errors that have plagued football's World Cup in South Africa.

A review system will be in place for the 2011 tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh if an agreement can be reached with broadcaster ESPN Star Sports, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters yesterday.

"We've just seen in another World Cup what happens when match officials get the decisions wrong," Lorgat said after the ICC's annual conference in Singapore.

"It can have a significant impact on the outcome of a game. We're very keen to use the decision review system at the upcoming World Cup."

Host members would decide whether to use the review system in home Test series, Lorgat said.

The ICC cricket committee said in May that the system will be the same as the one currently used, with a 15-second window for a team to decide whether to ask for a review.

The third umpire will signal after 10 seconds to the umpire in the middle, who will then inform the captain that he has another five seconds to make his decision.

"There are a few issues around cost and the availability of technology that we still must work hard at overcoming," Lorgat said.

Meanwhile, former Australian prime minister John Howard failed in his bid to become vice-president of the ICC after his name was withdrawn on Wednesday because of insufficient support.

Sharad Pawar was named the ICC's new president, replacing David Morgan.

Earlier, the ICC fined fast bowlers Dale Steyn of South Africa and Kemar Roach of West Indies for breaching the ICC's code of conduct during the third Test in Barbados this week.

The ICC fined Steyn 100percent of his match payments and Roach 50percent of his fee yesterday. Steyn pleaded guilty to spitting in the direction of West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn on Monday during the third day of the Test South Africa won by seven wickets to clinch a 2-0 series win. - Sapa-AP

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