Officiating Replay System (ORS) in cricket

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Officiating Replay System (ORS) In Cricket

The Features Of The Officiating Replay System Or ORS

  • It is said to be an improvement over the Decision Review System or the DRS system. Besides, it is also doubted to overcome the complaints and controversy involved with the DRS system. The DRS system came under criticism by the Indian cricket board, because of which the ICC has allowed that it won’t be used in any of the Indian matches.
  • It also provides or direct replays to non-match umpires who can view it independent of the TV coverage and the game.
  • It was introduced by the ICC on a trial basis in the Pakistan v/s Sri Lanka One-Day International match that was recently held at Abu Dhabi.
  •  The ORS system enables faster and accurate decisions making.
  • It features giant monitors along with more camera angles. The non-match umpire can choose the clippings of the replay he wants to see repeatedly to arrive at an accurate and better decision.
  •  It gives the umpires better control over replays.
  • It eliminates broadcaster’s bias.
  • It also eases the Cricket Boards’ concerns, especially the BCCI’s that has complains and controversies regarding the DRS system and the subsequent decision making.

In 2013, at the Old Trafford, in the 3rd Test of the Ashes Series, Nigel Liong mirrored the role of the 3rd umpire Kumar Dharmasene. Although, he didn’t have the authority to adjudicate on the decisions, but he had more control over the replays. Now, this ORS system is proving to be very promising.

With more trials different cricketing boards on board, and building a consensus to replace the DRS system by the ORS system, ICC can gradually go for universal usage of the ORS system.  This would probably be more promising and better than the existing DRS system.

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