ICC sticks to Duckworth Lewis rule

THE ICC Cricket Committee has decided to keep the controversial Duckworth Lewis method for calculating one-day targets when weather intervenes while making minor changes in other areas of the game.

The sport’s governing body considered a proposal by V Jayadevan for a new way of working out run chases for reduced overs matches at a two-day meeting at Lord’s this week.

“The committee unanimously agreed that there was no evidence of any significant flaws in the D/L method nor did the committee believe that any improvements could be offered by the VJD method. Therefore the committee decided to continue with D/L,” the ICC said in a statement.

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Duckworth Lewis has long been criticised because of its complex mathematics. The technology behind the Decision Review System has also been queried in some quarters but the ICC committee fully backed the idea.

“The committee noted the improvements in DRS technology and that DRS has almost totally eradicated player-dissent,” David Richardson, ICC general manager – cricket, said.

“This is an extremely beneficial side effect of the DRS.”