Match officials discuss rule changes at ICC conference

The rule changes include the Decision Review System (DRS) usage, bat sizes and code of conduct among others.

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With the new playing conditions set to be implemented in series starting on 28 September or later, umpires and other match officials met in a three-day Internation Cricket Council (ICC) conference that ended on Friday in Dubai to discuss the rule changes.

The Test series between Bangladesh and South Africa, and the one between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will be the first ones to be played with the changes.

The changes include the Decision Review System (DRS) usage, bat sizes and code of conduct among others.

The Emirates Elite Panel of Match Referees, Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, members of the Emerging Panel of ICC Umpires and the umpire coaches attended the conference.

“This year is more significant because there are changes in the laws and also in the playing conditions," said match referee Ranjan Madugalle, "Since we have to start rolling them out from 28th September, it was important that all of us meet and go through them as a refresher, so that we interpret them uniformly and on a consistent basis.”