Rules of the Appointment of Umpires for Test Matches For as long as ICC maintains an International Panel of Umpires, the following rules for the selection and appointment of Test Match umpires shall be followed as far as it is practicable to do so:


ICC will establish each year a Panel of up to 20 umpires nominated by the Test countries and will appoint one umpire from that Panel to stand in each Test Match.


The Home Authority shall appoint a Committee for the purpose of nominating the other umpire to officiate in each Test Match in its country.


Test Match umpires will be nominated by this Committee from those umpires officiating in first class matches during the current season.


As long as possible before each Test Match, ICC will advise the Home Authority of the name of its appointee and the Home Authority will advise the Manager of the touring team of both umpires names.


The Home Authority shall also appoint a third umpire who shall act as the emergency umpire and officiate in regard to TV replays.


Neither team will have a right of objection to an umpire's appointment.


Third Umpire/TV Replays





The Home Authority will ensure a seperate room is provided for the third umpire and that he has access to a television monitor and direct sound link with the television control unit director to faciliate as many replays as is necessary to assist him in making a decision.



The third umpire shall call for as many replays from any camera angle as is necessary to reach a decision. As a guide, a decision should be made within 30 seconds wherever possible, but the third umpire shall have discretion to take more time in order to finalise a decision.



The on-field umpire has the discretion whether to call for a TV replay or not and should take a common-sense approach. Players may not appeal to the umpire to use the replay system - breach of this provision would be constitute dissent and the player could be liable for discipline under the Code of Conduct.


Run-out, Stumping, Caught and Hit Wicket Decisions



In all Test and One Day International matches, the on-field umpire shall be entitled to call for a TV replay to assist him in making a decision about a run-out, stumping, caught or hit wicket appeal.



An on-field umpire wishing the assistance of a TV replay shall signal to the third umpire by making the shape of a TV screen with his hands.



If the third umpire decides the batsman is out a red light is displayed; a green light means not-out. Should the third umpire be temporarily unable to respond, a white light (where available) will remain illuminated throughout the period of interruption to signify to the on-field umpires that the TV replay system is temporarily unavailable, in which case the decision will be taken by the the on-field umpire.



When reviewing the TV replay, if the third umpire finds the batsman has been bowled rather than hit wicket or stumped, he shall display the red light to show the batsman was dismissed.


Caught Decisions



Should the bowler's end umpire be unable to decide whether or not a catch was taken cleanly, he shall first consult with the square leg umpire.



Should both umpires be unable to make a decision, the bowler's end umpire may then call for the third umpire to review a TV replay of the catch



The third umpire has to determine whether the batsmen has been caught, not whether or not he hit the ball.



The third umpire shall communicate his decision by the red/green light system


Boundary Decisions



In all Test and One Day International matches, the on-field umpire shall be entitled to call for a TV replay to assist in him in making a decision about whether the fieldsman had any part of his person in contact with the ball when he touched or crossed the boundary line or whether a four or six had been scored. A decision is to be made immediately and cannot be changed thereafter.



An on-field umpire wishing the assistance of a TV replay shall signal to the third umpire by use of a two way radio - the third umpire will convey his decision to the on-field umpire by this method.



The third umpire may initiate contact with the on-field umpire by two way radio if TV coverage shows a boundary line infringement.


Batsmen Running to the Same End


In the event of both batsmen running to the same end and the umpires are uncertain over which batsmen made his ground first, the on-field umpire may call for a TV replay to assist him in making a decision.


Light Meters

The following procedure will apply for all Test Matches:


It is the responsibility of each home board to supply light meters to all domestic umpires standing in International matches on home soil, either directly to the umpire, or to the ground authority, for collection by the umpire when he arrives for the match.


One additional light meter, identical to those issued to the domestic umpires, should be passed to the ICC referee when he arrives in the country for his appointment.


The referee will retain the light meter throughout the tour, passing it to the incoming NGP umpire for each test.


At the completion of the tour the meter is returned to the home board.
The following procedure will apply for the use of light meters on the field of play


Once law 3.8 has been applied and the batsmen have accepted the offer to leave the field because of bad light, the umpires immediately take a reading of the light level.


The reading should be taken from the pitch, pointing the light meter (if the hand held version) at the sightscreens and in any other directions as the umpires see fit.


Once the umpires have agreed the reading it should be noted and used as a benchmark reading for the remainder of the stoppage.


Only when the reading has subsequently increased above the benchmark reading should the umpires consider the light level is sufficient for play to resume.

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