ICC news July 21, 2011

'Don't mind being proved wrong by DRS'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Umpire Tony Hill has said he doesn't mind being proved wrong by the DRS as long as the correct decision is arrived at. While the technology is not fully perfected yet, the concept is "magnificent", Hill said at a seminar for umpires in Nelson, New Zealand.

"I can see no reason why you can't be sitting in your lounge at home and see I'm wrong. I'd much rather have the decision right and get on with the game," Hill was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz. "I also find that the players tend to get on better with each other out on the paddock when DRS is in use, because the little niggles that can occur when a mistake's made, they're taken out of the game."

The hardest areas for umpires to judge, Hill said, are the "little fine edges down leg side off gloves". Hot Spot to help detect faint edges, along with Virtual Eye to help with lbw decisions, though not absolutely foolproof, are preferable to no assistance at all he said.

The ICC's new rule that abolishes runners, he said, makes sense since bowlers don't receive similar assistance. "The way [the ICC] have explained it, it does make some sense in that if a bowler gets injured, you can't replace him with another person to do the bowling. I think it has some merit.

"There'd be a few [batsmen] over the years, I'd imagine, who wouldn't have picked up hundreds without a runner coming out to help them get there. Nobody comes in for the poor old bowler to help him get his sixth wicket."

Hill, who has officiated in 23 Tests and 84 ODIs, has been part of the ICC's international panel since 1998 and the elite panel since 2009.