Cricket chiefs urged to review soft signals after Devon Conway controversially survives claimed capture

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Chiefs of cricket have been urged to review the use of soft signals after New Zealand opener Devon Conway controversially survived a claimed capture by Zak Crawley.

The incident happened when Conway had made 22 in New Zealand’s opening innings. He edged out a delivery from Stuart Broad to Crawley on the third slide, who dove forward to take the hold, Broad celebrating the wicket.

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Conway, however, held on, favoring a midfield encounter between field referees Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth. Kettleborough, the standing referee, duly referred the incident to third referee Michael Gough, but not before giving a soft ‘no out’ signal, indicating he felt the ball had not carried. .

Under ICC rules, the burden of proof then fell on Gough to prove that Kettleborough had made a mistake if he wanted to overturn the decision. After studying the reruns, Gough sided with the officials on the pitch, saying the ball had “clearly” been pinned to the ground.

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England struggled to contain their irritation on the pitch, with Stuart Broad signaling to the referees that Crawley had put his fingers under the ball, and the incident also prompted a backlash from senior cricket officials, who blamed the soft signal system for effectively distorting the decision-making process.

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