This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

Birmingham: Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad wants the ICC to do away with the 'soft signal' rule as it does not live up to expectations and leaves match officials in a dire situation. Broad said this after the controversial decision involving New Zealand batsman Devon Conway in the second Test. Broad believed Conway was caught by Jacques Crowley at slip for 22. The on-field umpire left the decision to TV umpire Michael Gough who softly signaled not out.

Conway took full advantage of the opportunity and scored 80 runs to put New Zealand in a strong position. Broad said before the third day's play that you can understand from our reaction on the field that we thought he was out. Jacques felt the ball had landed in his hand and saw Joe Root at first slip and James Brassie behind the wicket who were a yard away from it. He knew that the ball was in his hand.

But it is not the fault of the umpires who are 40 yards away, he said. This rule has made their position difficult. Broad appealed to the ICC to look into this and take necessary measures. If you look at the positive and negative aspects of this rule, the negative is more. I think this is a bad rule and ICC should remove it without waiting for the next meeting.


Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Sports Desk: India's hopes of winning a medal in the mixed table tennis event were dashed on Saturday but Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee started the campaign with a win in the women's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics here. India's table tennis campaign started on a disappointing note after Achant Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in the last 16 of the mixed doubles category. The Indian pair lost 0-4 to third seeds Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei.

Although world No. 62 Manika defeated Britain's 94th-ranked Tin Tin Ho 4-0 in the opening singles event, 98th-ranked Sutirtha also impressed in her Olympic debut, returning from a fall. She defeated Sweden's 78th-ranked Linda Bergström 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5). Sutirtha will now face Fuyu of Portugal in the second round while Manika will take on Margita Pesotska of Ukraine, ranked 32.

Earlier, Lin Yun Joo and Cheng I Ching gave the Indian pair 11. 8, 11. 6, 11 . 5, 11 . defeated by 4. 5 in the first two games. 1 and 5. After taking a lead of 3, the Indian pair could not maintain the momentum. The 12th-seeded Indian pair could not face the 19-year-old Lynn's flanks, who had made it to the Olympics from a qualifying event. There was no response to his drives from the forehand and backhand. The Indian pair scored 5 in the first game. 1 lead but after that Lin and Cheng scored eight points in a row.

Sharath said after the match, “We should have put pressure on him by winning the first game. The same should be done against the best team. Lynn is one of the best players and he showed." He said, "He forced us to make mistakes. He put up good winners on the returns. After yesterday's warm-up match against Romania, I was feeling better. The draw could have been better but now the focus will be on singles." Sharath and Manika had played together for only three days in the national camp before leaving for the Olympics. Both had raised their Olympic medal hopes by winning bronze medals at the Asian Games.