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Cricket experiments with instant replay

Football, baseball, and now cricket.

Major League Baseball take note, Indian cricket will experiment with TV replay.

Players will be allowed to appeal against an umpire’s decision for the first time in a challenge system on trial starting next month.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it had agreed to play the series under the experimental rules allowing cricketers to ask for a TV umpire to review decisions on the field by either of the two on-field umpires.

Each team will be permitted to seek the review, using TV replays, of three decisions each innings. Decisions can be overturned on the TV umpire ruling. A failed appeal will cost the team one challenge.

I don’t know enough about cricket to reasonably guess how disruptive this is likely to be. Given how long matches can be, it’s probably not that big a deal. Good luck with the experiment, y’all.

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