Technology in cricket March 23, 2010

Mirpur mistakes will spur UDRS usage - David Morgan


David Morgan, the ICC president, believes that the umpiring controversies that marred the third day of the Mirpur Test will help to encourage all cricket boards to embrace the use of the Umpire Decision Review System, but added that the business of footing the bill must still be shared by the host broadcaster for each series.

"I think that UDRS makes for wonderful television," Morgan said. "It adds a dimension to the package that a viewer receives, and I do believe that the broadcasters have a responsibility to fund part of it. Cricket is not afloat with dollars and pounds and euros. It is not a rich sport and we believe there has to be a contribution.

"But next time Bangladesh host international cricket, against New Zealand in October, I am sure that the BCB will have the equipment available," he added. "They clearly regret not having it in this series."

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's captain, was critical of the BCB following the third day's play, saying that had they chosen to pay for the referral technology, his team could have claimed a first-innings lead over England and made a push for their fourth Test victory.

"We would have been in a very good position if [UDRS] was in use here," he said. "I think we would have asked for a referral four times with full confidence, and three of them would have come to our way for sure. It's really bad for us that we did not use the referral system, which we could have done."

"Umpires can make mistakes, but a series of mistakes have gone against us, and it's very unfortunate," said Mostafa Kamal, the BCB president. "We have been talking about [UDRS] issue, but we found that other countries have not been using it extensively, so we thought that, first of all, we must know about the system itself. It is very delicate and if we misused it, it might go against us."

Speaking during an official visit to Bangladesh ahead of next year's World Cup, Morgan also defended the integrity of the ICC's elite umpires following Andy Flower's pre-series comments that more influential teams tend to get the rub of the green in marginal decisions, a suggestion that was backed up by Bangladesh's coach, Jamie Siddons, at the close of the third day's play.

"I have a great deal of time for Andy Flower. I have not chatted with him on this matter, but I'd like to," said Morgan. "I cannot accept that any of our international or elite umpires are biased. This game will be monitored in Dubai, and the match referee is here monitoring umpire performance as well. We will also listen to the captain of Bangladesh and the coach, but their views will not necessarily be regarded as value judgements at the end of the day.

"The UDRS system is being rolled out and is being used significantly more than in situations such as this when it is not in use," said Morgan. "Boards and broadcasters are being pressed to ensure it is available, and I think it will not be too long before we have the system operating with the optimum equipment available at each Test match, wherever it is played in the world."

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo. Go to to follow him on Twitter through the England tour of Bangladesh.

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  • Erwin on March 27, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    @Yorkshirepudding, you are comparing apple with orange. Whenever Trott was given out, it mattered less than a little to England because of the situation they were in. England was surely in course of a victory or piling up mountain of runs when he was given out. That does not justify the wrong decision but it was neither an absolute wrong decision. Yes it was a situation with doubt and yes the benefit of doubt goes to batsman. But that was a case for one batsman. Tamim, Shakib, and many other Bangladeshi batsman got out because of umpire judging them out when they were clearly not out. And when it came to bowling, Bangladeshi bowlers were denied plumb LBWs and bat-pad decisions. And that too not for once but multiple times. The two situations are not even comparable. If they were, then not everyone would be screaming at the umpires. Mike Atherton was comparing Bangladesh with Cambridge Uni team citing the unfair treatment that the Cambridge gets when playing against county teams.

  • Erwin on March 27, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    @Yorkshirepudding, part of your comment does not make sense. English fielders dropping catches is not the same thing as umpires giving extremely one sides decisions, repeatedly for more than one occasion that is. Bangladesh fielders also dropped easy chances in England's first innings. Dropping catches is part of cricket. So is umpires making mistakes. But what happened in this series was more than that. Umpires repeatedly gave Bangladesh batsman out when they were not out. And when English batsman were in the crease, umpires gifted most of them a life each, at least once, against seemingly plumb decisions. I have been playing and following cricket for fairly long time and I have hardly seen something of this sort. I have heard of Pakistani umpires taking side against Sober's West Indies in Pakistan's home series few decades ago during when cricket was not broadcasted live but not in this era. Just accept what happened and realize the graveness of the umpiring situation.

  • Joel on March 27, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    what a joke. bangladesh robbed of atleast a draw.

  • Jason on March 24, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Hasan_uiu, I have to agree, the ICC elite umpires shouldnt be in the IPL, when theres a test match on. I would have prefered to have had Billy Bowden, as one of the umpires. It may or may not have made a difference.

    Unfortunately if one of the decisions had gone for bangladesh, there is no saying the others would have happened, its just like saying if the england fielders had held onto thier catches they would have been chasing 130 rather than 200.

    The game was still there for bangladesh to draw today they just had to bowl tight lines, and prevent englands batsmen from scoring easy singles, unfortunately they didnt. Test cricket is about creating pressure, bangladesh have only created pressure for small periods of time in this series.

    In short in test cricket you need to have a pragmatic approach as a fan, accept decisions will go against you, but make the best off them when they go for you.

  • Mohammad Hasan on March 24, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    yes Umpires are human and they can make mistakes. But through out this series they have given 12 bad decision and unfortunately 9 of them go against bangladesh. As a result we lost 1 ODI and last Test (I think we can easily make a draw ).

    Why poor umpiring always hark weaker countries like Bangladesh ? Top class ICI umpires are now busy in IPL and low graded Umpires are officiating this series and I am sure this is not good for Test cricket

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    'Frustrated Umpiring'-- Umpires can make mistakes, but a series of mistakes have gone against BD, and it's very unfortunate.

  • James on March 24, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    I beleive the current referal system is wrong. Players should not be able to question an umpires decision-it undermines all their authority. All the technology and replays should be available to the unmpires so if he is unsure of a descion he can eaisly refer the decision. Also if the 3rd umpires sees from a reply that a descion is incorrect he can imform the onfield umpire who can reverse the decsion. Such replys wil take seconds and for example an incorrectly given out batsman can easily be called back. The ICC should pay to ensure all countries hve access to all technoology. Umpires are Human and will make mistakes but we have to make sure umpires receive the best possible training and feeback so they can learn from their mistakes

  • Jason on March 24, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Those suggesting that the umpiring decisions were all against bangladesh, then i suggest that you review the tests series, Trott was given out twice incorrectly, once off the helmet in the first test, and the run out in this 2nd innings. The rules state that the batsman should be given the benefit if there is any doubt, and as it was a split frame for the run out this would be doubt.

    In the first test there were a couple of england LBW appeals of the same degree not given.

    Regarding the LBW's on the 3rd day, Hawkeye as far as im aware has them clipping the stumps, thus the 3rd umpire would have also had to go with the onfield umpire. Hawkeye is not acurate, as it can only give a statistical overview of the balls trajectory based on the data that is fed in. If the Margin of error is between 1-2%, that is 1.22-2.5 cm from crease to stump, A stump is appox 3.5-3.8cm diameter.

    This is doubt and in all probability the ball would have missed, the leg stump.

  • mujahid on March 24, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    "Umpires are human and they will make mistakes" I totally agree with the statement. But, this world is a place where "survival for the fittest applies". We shine when you do less mistakes in life. If you do mistake you pay for it. Do you forgive the driver who is at fault? No, no one will forgive a driver for his mistakes, because it affected another party. Same rule applies here. As an umpire, the more mistake you make your value should go down, if not, no umpire will ever bother to be careful not to make mistakes.

  • Luke on March 24, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    The human factor in umpiring has remained the same in 133 years of test cricket. Everyone has accepted that this is a resident evil in our great game. The tinkering with technology seems to have only caused more anger finger pointing than ever before and for that reason I believe it should be totally scrapped. Imagine a close, nail-biting finish in a test with 1 wicket in hand, for the climax turn into an anti-climax with a referral ! As for all the anti-western sentiment regarding incorrect umpiring decisions, I wonder who the racists actually are with all the "oh poor us, victims of the West" attitude. I lose respect for those who write such 'poor-loser' comments. All sport has a human factor. Accept it like a man. Don't just take your bat and ball and go home when you're out and you disagree. Thank the opposition, shake hands and focus on the next match.

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