The rules of the ICC have changed: the ICC aims to reintroduce Neutral Umpires – Greg Barclay, President of the International Cricket Council, has confirmed that the Neutral Umpires will be back. The COVID19 pandemic forced the ICC to use the referee of the host nation to avoid logistical issues, but with the situation being improved and it is to be reverted to its previous form.
What do these new plans have in store for ICC?
According to Cricbuzz, Barclay stated, “I think in the COVID days, the home umpires got some exposure to stand for Test umpiring. It split things a bit wider. If you look at the stats, you can see that there was a pretty much thereabout the teams’ performances than what we had the neutral umpires.”
“We are now on the other side of the COVID and we are reintroducing the neutral umpiring arrangements which were decided in the board meeting we had a couple of weeks ago. We will see neutral umpires back up and running again. I can’t give you the date due to operational issues but soon,” further explained Barclay.
Meanwhile, Barclay also confirms that the council will do everything possible to ensure that each country that will test-play, is evenly given the opportunity to shine in the longest format of the game.
It also includes new venues such as the United States, which is said to co-host the 2024 Men’s ICCT20 World Cup.
“We want to grow the game across a number of countries. Hosting games helps the growth of the game within that country. It gives opportunities to fans, players, and partners within the region. West Indies will have the lion’s share of the games but I am really pleased that the USA along with a number of other countries will get to host events in the coming cycle,” mentions the President of ICC.