ICC ducks DRS but backs day-night Tests
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has voted not to make the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory for all international matches at its annual board meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
No specific reason was given for the decision, but the Indian board has been a consistent opponent of the DRS system.
However, one potentially exciting development was the ICC declaration that: "There was also no objection to the introduction of day/night Test cricket dependent on the agreement of both participating teams."
Fans booking hospitality packages at Lord's for the upcoming Test match against South Africa may be watching in daylight, but the announcement could mean it is not long before such a match takes place with a late start, floodlights and pink balls.
In another interesting development, the prospects of Ireland playing a Test at Lord's may have increased after the ICC revealed it is to provide a $500,000 per annum grant to help the country develop the game.
Ireland has already signaled its intention to gain Test status by 2020.
By Sam Smith