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DRS technology should be consistent - Dar

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April 14, 2012

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Aleem Dar was voted best umpire for the third year in a row, ICC Awards, London, September 12, 2011
Aleem Dar: "I would say to any umpires out there that if you have made a mistake just concentrate on the next delivery" © Getty Images
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Aleem Dar, the ICC Elite umpire, has joined the chorus for the mandatory use of the Hot Spot technology for all series to minimise umpiring errors. Dar said he was fully supportive of the Decision Review System (DRS), and wanted consistency in the use of various technology.

"In the recent Sri Lanka-England series the Hot Spot technology was not being used. To have the use of consistent elements of technology at each match would make it easier for players, spectators and umpires alike," Dar told PakPassion.net. "DRS ensures that most decisions can be corrected."

The two Tests in Sri Lanka had its share of controversies, most recently involving Tillakaratne Dilshan's dismissal on the fourth day at the P Sara Oval. Dilshan was adjudged caught at slip off Graeme Swann by Bruce Oxenford and immediately signalled for a review. The third umpire, Rod Tucker, took an age looking at the images but without the infra-red cameras he ruled that there was no conclusive evidence to advise the on-field umpire if he had made an error.

On the first day, England thought they had Thilan Samaraweera caught at short leg and asked for review, but it remained a not out decision. Following that, Steven Finn, who was the bowler involved, said he would like to see Hot Spot available all the time.

Series involving India are usually free of DRS, given India's vocal stance against the system since its inception in 2008. But cash-strapped members like Sri Lanka find it difficult to afford it because the high cost of the cameras has to be shared by the host country and broadcaster.

Dar said on-field umpires should view the DRS as a tool to assist them, and not be ashamed to reverse a wrong decision.

"I am human, I know I will make mistakes, but I just concentrate on the next delivery. I would say to any umpires out there that if you have made a mistake just concentrate on the next delivery and don't let that earlier mistake affect your confidence," Dar said.

"I'm fully supportive of the DRS and other technology and don't see it as interfering with my umpiring or detrimental to my performance. Even the best umpires will make mistakes and if technology highlights those mistakes and gets the right decision made, then that is good for the game of cricket."

Dar said he had made some recommendations to the PCB to improve the standard of umpiring in Pakistan, including using television footage in domestic matches as a review-tool for the officials.

"I've said that regular fitness tests need to be done for all umpires in Pakistan," he said. "At the moment the ICC carries out regular eye tests and hearing tests and that should also be done in Pakistan particularly before any major tournament.

"I suggested to the PCB that if domestic matches or tournaments aren't televised then at least get some video coverage of those matches so that umpires can watch the footage and also it will help the selectors and players too. Once you have that recording, it can help everyone including the umpires.

"Another suggestion I have made is to ensure that they use the Kookaburra ball in domestic cricket, as whenever our cricketers use this ball in other countries they struggle to cope with it."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (April 15, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

UDRS/ DRS is one of the best things that has EVER happend to the game. It has effectively cut out the HORRIFIC bad decisions, the bad decisions that change mathes or end peoples careers. It has to be used with Hospot though and with Snicko - even better.

It amazes me that the Indian Cricket board still refuse to use it but thats probably because the first time they used it, they had too many captains/egos in the team and got all the decisions wrong. Come on, give it another try, but make sure you ask 10dulkar for permission first!

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Nothing in the world is 100% perfect so is UDRS. It will not be 100% perfect in the future also. So according to BCCI it never be used.Can BCCI gaurantee that the flights by which the Indian players are travelling are 100% perfect? I am sure they can't. Then why are they using it? BCCI should remember that if UDRS does any mistake the playrs will be out from the ground but if flights have any problem, they will be out from the world. So they shold travel by walking. But I am not sure whether it is 100% safe or not.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

India gets benefit of doubt always. So they think that they will not get the benefit if URDS is used. That is why they are opposing and this is the main reason. If UDRS were there Rahul Dravid could not able to score 270 agains pakistan. He was out 3-4 times(not LBW bt catch out) bt not given. Such countless benefits they got till now. So they do't want to miss that from now. But they should remember that they won the world cup 2011 bocoz of UDRS.

Posted by richard-munir on (April 15, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Cricket is gentlemen's game. Present day's motto, I'm right your wrong player's attitude, with excessive appealing. Its hell of pressure on umpires shoulders to make the correct decision. In order to assist the on field umpires, the third umpire must have any available technology to use it, and he should have total power to make the decision of any referral made to him. With the so fast pace of the technology, peoples are forgetting that, just 15 years ago windows and Apple system were nowhere to be called perfect or 100% or 99%, it's what happened when we all start using it and keep coming up with changes and new ideas. If we will not give a chance to DRS or any new tech to be fully implemented in all the international matches, we wouldn't be able to improve these tools, there's nothing perfect like GOD. So please give a chance to any new technology, which can bring the game to new level of fairness. Use technology for backing up the claim of that Cricket is Gentlemen's game. Cheers.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

IT WILL HELP EMPIRE AND PLAYER TO GET SATISFIED TO THE DECISION

Posted by Meety on (April 15, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Two things; ONE - I would back what Dar has to say about UDRS, he is a class act. TWO - what a crop of hair (photo at the top) - I have folicle envy!!!!!!

Posted by Simoc on (April 15, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

DRS has been great for cricket and along with T20 the best thing to happen in recent times. More correct decisions. Lots more LBWs. Batsman not padding up to balls as frequently. Its all good. Some weather conditions affect the technology and it seems they only became aware of this recently. And Dar is probably the best umpire in the game and he wants it.

Posted by screamingeagle on (April 14, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

:-) :-) this for the gentleman named getsetgopk. Sir, it is quite obvious that you are quite right with your comments. It was really unwise of BCCI to have opposed the DRS. It is just so absurd that even players are now opposing it just to toe the BCCIline. They obviously do not want to lose their paycheques. As far as IPL is concerned, (I assume you were not referring to any other) it is a complete waste of time, so much so that even the pak layers are wasting time commenting about it. Forget the umps and players from pak who are involved in some way or other. Anyway, sir, you made such a valid comment. I am sure you will pass school some day with your intellect. Jai ho :-)

Posted by samincolumbia on (April 14, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

@Priyantha - The idea behind DRS was to make decisions right 100% or 99% of the time. DRS has failed miserably in that sense. Most time when DRS makes a correct decision, the umpires would have made the same decision without DRS. Since a team has reviews, they use it anyway more so out of hope than anything. At this point, there is essentially no difference between errors from umpires and the DRS. On the contrary, it has muddled the umpiring process thereby piling on more pressure on the umpires and making them lose focus of the basics.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Aayush: You are right in a sense. But the game has changed a lot. One or two bad decisions can end the career of a player. Damien Matrin of Australia is a typical such example. So all available means should be used to arrive at the correct decision and any system can only be improved only by implementing it fully and uniformly across the globe. Only by implementing it we can later decide whether the 3rd umpire should/should not be given the right to overturn on field umpire's decision in marginal cases. At the moment in order to respect on field umpire's judgment his decision will stand in cases of LBWs like ball just clipping the stumps based on ball tracking technology and also to account for any inaccuracies present in ball tracking. Technology behind ball tracking, hot spot will further improve as more and more experience is gained through use of them.

Posted by Stark62 on (April 14, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

The DRS needs to have both hotspot and SNICKO mandated!!!!

Sometimes, hotspot doesn't pick up an edge but that is where snicko will come in and put any doubts to rest, surely more is better!

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@Priyantha Gunaratna those excellent decisions don't involve LBWs , they are mostly the CATCHES.LBW'S HAVE MOSTLY BEEN MARGINAL.

Posted by timohyj on (April 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Cricket would be so much better without DRS. When they first made it mandatoryr with hot spot also i thought that would be good but everyone quickly saw that hot spot does not show all th edges as we were made to believe. In the India England series both the players and the umpires agreed that hot spot does not how thin edges. Dravid was given out when hot spot did not show an edge so the umpire obviously believes that hot spot is not reliable. If it does not show thin adges then what is the point because detecting thin edges is wxactly what it is needed for. thicker edges will be spotted by umpires anyway. And everyone knows that hawkeye is also extremely unreliable. The amount of controversy DRS causes is not worth the amount of decisions which are corrected which are very small anyway. 90% of referalls stay with un pires call

Posted by getsetgopk on (April 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

India is the richest board and the strongest opponents of technology. If Srilanka cant afford it whats stopping BCCI from using it? Fact is Indian board is run by businessmen, they dont care about test cricket or one dayers for that matter, they are rich but yea they would want that money go into their pockets rather than spend it on fair play, their undue focus on a useless T20 competition and their declining test status are tell tale signs of whats coming next.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

challenging umpires is a disgrace ,so why use DRS??

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

First off, I support the BCCI's stance, but this is for one reason and one reason alone. When a decision is reviewed, I would like the third umpire to make an independent decision and not merely assist the on-field umpire. For example, if the batsman is given not out on an lbw appeal and the decision is referred; say the ball is merely clipping d side of the stump, which is generally referred to as 'Umpire's Call', I would want that call to be taken by the third umpire on the evidence he just saw and not go by the original umpire's decision because there isn't enough evidence to overturn it. In it's present avatar, the DRS is most suited to correcting howlers, which souldn't happen with competent umpires in the first place! Bring on the criticism....

Posted by carne010 on (April 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

@Priyantha Gunaratna - Your last sentence is spot on!

Posted by AlbertEinstein on (April 14, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Aleem Dar cannot officiate in all cricket matches, so DRS should be made mandatory.

Posted by KingOwl on (April 14, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

It is good when umpires are very confident of technology. In the early days, following the mentality of the English journalists, umpires ended up with inferiority and insecurity issue. They felt ashamed of their perceived 'incompetence' relative to the technology. When umpires don't have chips on their shoulders and have full confidence and understand that technology is just a tool at the hands of humans, then many of these mistakes can be corrected far more easily. Mathematicians don't feel inferior to computers because the computers can do calculations faster. Umpires shouldn't either.

Posted by orangtan on (April 14, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Hats off to you Aleem, though with due respect, IMHO you look better with your hat on. Such so-called humour apart, you are a fantastic umpire as is your countryman Asad Rauf. Whether they admit it or not, I think the Indian team is delighted when one of you is officiating, what higher compliment can there be to your fantastic professionalism. Can you not both umpire together ?

Posted by anuradha_d on (April 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

the "Nay" sayers are becoming far more than "Yeah" sayers. and probably that is why Dar gets a lots of print space with CI.....which instead of staying neutral has taken a "Yeah" stand on DRS

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Aleem Dar, Pakistan is proud of you!

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Aleem Dar is absolutely right. DRS will never be 100% foolproof. That is elementary probability theory and a basic fact of life. Why the Indians fail to understand this is baffling to me. Firstly the question to be answered is whether it is better than using human judgment of on field umpires. We all know that answer is an overwhelming yes. Then the answer to the problem is very clear, implement it but make it uniform across the globe. A system can be further improved only by implementing it and not by hiding it. Even with full DRS there had been occasional doubtful decisions sometimes due to system errors sometimes due to the way the it is implemented. These things can be sorted out only through implementation of the system. ICC should find a way to bear the cost of the system instead of taxing it on countries who cannot afford full/partial DRS. Those who are opposed to DRS never talk about excellent decisions made out of it but pinpoint to odd errors occurred here and there.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 14, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

I fully agree with Aleem Dar. UDRS must be made mandatory across all formats. It does not make sense to see India play without UDRS. However, I urge ICC to have a standard certified style for hawk eye and ICC must take ownership of all costs applicable to UDRS along with hot spot. At the moment, all of the hawk eye graphics are provided by various tv channels and cant rely on variations. Just like US open and other tennis tournaments, WTA bears the costs of hawk eye, so ICC must do the same. If all of this is ICC backed, lesser reason to have doubts. Over to the ICC to take full ownership of this UDRS and implement it.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

If host countries and broadcasters can't afford the technology, they should find a sponsor who can offset the cost of the technology instead of having to rely on their own money. This will make the game much fairer otherwise controversial decisions will continue to be part of the game. India doesn't control cricket. We've seen decisions go against them without the DRS, their batsmen can certainly ask for a review if they feel they have wrongly been given out. I really wonder why India wants to accept the umpires word when it is either totally incorrect or 50/50.

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