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Murray pleased with ICC rule changes

By JOEL BAILEY Wednesday, October 31 2012

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FORMER TRINIDAD and Tobago cricket captain and administrator Deryck Murray has stated his delight in some of the changes made by the game’s global governing body ICC (International Cricket Council).

In an article on the CricInfo website on Monday, “the changes to the playing conditions for different formats of cricket, which include amendments to powerplays, DRS (Decision Review System), no-balls and bouncers among others,” took effect yesterday.

The story continued, “these recommendations were made by the ICC’s Cricket Committee in June, and they were endorsed by its Chief Executives Committee later that month.”

Murray, the former TT, West Indies, Cambridge University, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire wicketkeeper, said yesterday, “these were pending changes.

“From time to time, they do change conditions, depending on feedback from players (and) umpires,” he continued. “It’s good to see that they have been responding to those comments and the feedback.”

The former Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) president added, “I know that there are one or two that the West Indies, particularly, had been interested in — the use of short balls etcetera.

“So it would be good to see, not that they’re being re-introduced but how they would be applied by the umpires.”

The 69-year-old played 62 Tests and 26 One-Day Internationals between 1963 and 1980, while he served as vice-captain to Clive Lloyd during the latter stages of his career. Murray was also part of the all-conquering WI team from 1975 until he retired, and he was asked if some of the proposed changes (day/night Test matches, DRS and powerplays) would have been useful during his playing days.

“I don’t know,” he replied. “We were pretty successful then with the existing rules. I think some of the changes came about in our time. Certainly (day)/night cricket was introduced just at the tail-end of my career.

“It was welcomed because it afforded more people the opportunity to see more games,” Murray continued. “I think the exposure to television is greater now and, therefore, it is welcomed in terms of bringing in new spectators.”

He noted, “I think you really see some of the innovations with the DRS, and I stress some, have really been helpful. Some are still not as refined as you would want to see them but, obviously, if they are innovations that can help the game, that they’re to be welcomed.

“Certainly, from my own personal point of view, the referrals of decisions about (stumpings) would definitely have been welcomed by me,” Murray ended.

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