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Lloyd, Lockie to investigate Eng-SA Jo'burg DRS fiasco

January 26, 2010 16:06 IST

ICC Cricket Committee chief Clive Lloyd and advocate Brent Lockie will investigate the England cricket team's complaint against the Decision Review System fiasco in their fourth and final Test with South Africa in Johannesburg.

"Advocate Brent Lockie and Clive Lloyd will carry out an independent and comprehensive investigation into the procedural issues involving technology and the decision review system (DRS) as applied during the fourth Test between South Africa and England in Johannesburg following receipt of an official complaint from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)," the ICC said in a statement.

England complained after South Africa captain Graeme Smith was given not out after swinging at a ball that went to the wicket-keeper.

England, believing he edged it, asked for a review but third umpire Daryl Harper upheld the on-field official's decision.

It is alleged that Harper had not turned up the TV feed volume and therefore did not hear the edge.

Smith went on to score a hundred. The ICC received England's complaint on January 17.

Lockie is a senior barrister from Edinburgh and a member of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission.

He is also a Disciplinary Tribunal Member for Cricket Scotland and has vast experience in adjudicating on cricket related matters, while Lloyd is a former West Indies captain an match referee.

"The ICC has appointed two eminent individuals to  investigate the exact circumstances relating to the application of the DRS in Johannesburg," said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"The DRS is a ground-breaking system which was introduced to eliminate the obvious umpiring errors. The majority of players and officials who experienced the system in the southern hemisphere summer, have expressed qualified support for using the system. 

"While this feedback is positive and reassuring, we understand the need to continue enhancing the system in these early days and I'm sure this independent investigation will assist in that regard," he added.

The exact parameters and timeframe of the investigation will be determined in due course.

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