The International Cricket Council reached agreement on a new strategy for dealing with the contentious issue of match referees at the end of their executive board meeting on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa.

The issue has caused major disharmony within the cricket world since I-C-C match referee Mike Denness took action against six Indians for ball tampering during the second test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in November of last year.

The Indian cricket board demanded an inquiry after the sanctions handed out by Denness were considered too harsh. There will be a right of an appeal against the decision of a referee for more serious disciplinary offenses, with any appeal to be heard within seven days during which the player concerned will be allowed to continue playing.

Meanwhile, India defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in the fourth one-day international Saturday in Hyderabad, India.

Chasing Zimbabwe's total of 240 for eight in 50 overs, India posted 244 for 48.5 overs.

Young left-hander Yuvraj Singh smashed an unbeaten 80 from 60, including eight fours and a six. The fifth and final one-day match will be played on Tuesday.