Teams will be permitted two reviews each per innings at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, continuing the playing conditions that have been in place since June 2020.
With the advent of the pandemic halting the use of neutral umpires in bilateral series, in turn putting less experienced umpires in the middle, teams were given an extra review per innings across all formats – effectively three reviews per innings in Test matches and two in white-ball internationals.
While the ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires and Match Referees has been brought together for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice confirmed the extra review would remain in place for the tournament.
“Rather than treat this tournament differently, we’ve just continued on with what’s been in place for the last 12 or 18 months,” Allardice said on Sunday.
It will be the first Men’s T20 World Cup to use DRS.
Allardice said the ICC hoped neutral umpires would be used globally sooner rather than later but ultimately it would have to be looked at on a “country-by-country” basis given the varying COVID-19 restrictions at play.
“We’re able to get all of our Elite Panel umpires here and our referees here to officiate in this tournament. The UAE is a country that is fairly straightforward now to move in and out of. The issue is in other countries which have different levels of restriction.
“Our position has been we’ll be trying to use neutral officials wherever the circumstances allow. In a number of countries, there are still restrictions that make that difficult and moving umpires in as individuals is a bit different to team movements and we’ve found that over the last few months.”
Allardice also praised the performances of the home country umpires over the past 18 months, backed by the usage of DRS.
“The home country umpires have performed extremely well over the last 18 months and supported by DRS, whether we need an extra review or not I think we’re in a rhythm with that at the moment.
“The aim is to get neutral officials back once a lot of those restrictions are lifted. It may happen more after this tournament but it’s very much a country-by-country assessment.”