Soft signal is being scrapped as Umpires don’t need to provide a soft signal while referring to the third umpires.
Ganguly stated, “The on-field umpires will consult with the TV umpire before any decisions are taken. Soft signals have been discussed at previous cricket committee meetings over the last couple of years.”
In preparation of the World Test Championship final between Australia and India at The Oval next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has formally eliminated soft signals from the playing conditions for international matches.
Two years ago, the Indian Premier League abolished the regulation, and now the ICC has done the same.
“Soft signals have been discussed at previous cricket committee meetings over the last couple of years,” chair of the ICC cricket committee Sourav Ganguly said in a statement.
“The committee deliberated this at length and concluded that soft signals were unnecessary and at times confusing since referrals of catches may seem inconclusive in replays.”
During this year’s New Year’s Test between Australia and South Africa at the SCG, the soft signal, in which on-field umpires express their unofficial judgement on a probable wicket while transmitting a decision upstairs, came under investigation.
The soft signal procedure had recently been modified by the ICC; conclusive proof was no longer necessary to overturn on-field calls, so third umpires essentially had the ultimate say.
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