Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble, it is learnt, have decided the on-field umpires' word will be final and they can make a choice to refer the decision to the third umpire. Before the series they decided they would take the word of the fielder in relation to low takes.
It also says this;
However, the Indian team's media manager MV Sridhar said the final decision would be made by match referee Mike Procter after consulting the captains. "Even though the two captains had previously committed themselves on this understanding, the decision was taken at the consent and guidance of the match referee," he told PTI. "Now it is up to the match referee to ask the two captains their views on this issue and then a decision would be arrived after the three parties, the two captains and the match referee, reach a decision."
However, when one does not know what the agreement is. One asks question like this -
"What was the pact about - What was violated? Was there a pact? These are more interesting questions in this entire monkey business."
"Even worse than those jingoists ignorant about the Kumble-Ponting agreement are those who actually seem to know about it, but don’t know about it well enough. The agreement between Kumble and Ponting was between Kumble and Ponting. i.e, a batsman will take the word of the fielder... However, it does not govern umpires...The player agreement is NOT relevant to umpires. It does not apply to umps. It applied only to players."
FYI, the ponting-kumble agreement does not extend to umpires),
"It's been scrapped," Ponting told a news conference on Tuesday.
"That wasn't the way I wanted to play, I wanted to continue the way it was,
but the feeling through the Indian team, and probably just not necessarily
Anil's thoughts on it, were that they would like it to go back and be in the
hands of the umpire