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Umpire communications to be on air for knockout stages

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Sydney: The ICC today confirmed that TV umpire communications during decision-making will be put to air for the knockout stages of the cricket World Cup.

With the first quarter-final between Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled to begin tomorrow at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the audio feed of the onfield officials with the third umpire will be made available to the host broadcasters Star Sports, said a media release.

The International Cricket Council held a successful trial during the ODI series between Australia and South Africa in November last year, and it will be introduced for the final seven matches – 4 quarters, 2 semi-finals and the final – of the 50-overs showpiece event.

The umpire communications can be aired during umpire referrals, consultations and DRS player reviews.

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