November 7, 2013

Cricket technology

Train umpires instead of investing in DRS

The use of the Decision Review System in the Ashes in England earlier this year split the cricketing world over the effectiveness and relevance of the technology to cricket. In an academic paper, excerpted at Phys.Org and soon to be published in the Journal of Sports Economics, Vani Borooah tries to identify the exact value that DRS brings to cricket.

"The gain from using DRS, in terms of an improvement in the percentage of correct decisions (from 93.1% to 95.8% for the first Ashes test of 2013), is miniscule relative to the large sums of money required for installing DRS. If 'getting it right' is so important to international cricket then, arguably, the same gains could be harvested, at much lower cost, by investing in more training of umpires and a determined search for more good umpires."

Keywords: Future of cricket

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Posted by   on (November 7, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Though the argument sounds sensible I'd still say there is a limit as to how much a person can be trained to be an umpire. I recall many instances prior to the establishment of DRS where the commentators often ask after watching the replay and sensing a wrong decision and then screaming, "If there is technology, why don't we use it?"

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