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'New rules still miss the point'

ESPNcricinfo's Andrew McGlashan talks to Aakash Chopra about the changes to the DRS and other rules that the ICC has come up with after its recent meeting in Dubai

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

September 18, 2013

Posted by   on (September 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

DRS is never wrong, it will never be. Technology is 100% correct, it is the umpires that are wrong in terms of their arrogance to overturn a decision that would just embarrass them. I agree with Aakash on third umpire having the control on giving out/not out on DRS Referrals just as run-out referrals. Umpires can be an Authoritarian on fields.

In terms of DRS in Test, yes I agree with the proposed ruling. But in ODI's and T20, the DRS Referrals should be unlimited but here is the cache, DRS Referrals should be considered in over-rate time penalties, no time-cuts in DRS Referrals. Now, batting side can take a maximum of 10 referrals, but then again DRS is used for LBW's,Hot-Spot usually(run-outs are unlimited referrals by umpires though) & that is used for 3-4 on a average honestly & time-cut can be waived for bowling side this time around.

So time taken to penalize the bowling side in terms of batting and team batting second can be penalized in their next match

Posted by Chris_Howard on (September 19, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

It's all well and good to give teams more reviews so there's less chance of the Stuart Broad edge being not-reviewable, but it does nothing to help the likes of Khawaja or Trott who were wrongly given out on review.

And that is the real problem. Teams can learn to better manage their two reviews, but it's pointless if the third umpire is incompetent in reviewing decisions. 100 reviews up the sleeve wouldn't have helped Trott or Khawaja.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Akash chopra missed the point. If howler is not corrected in 75th over, its the fault of the suffering side because they made two "unsuccessful" reviews already.

Posted by mikkkk on (September 19, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

@DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement "..but u cannot drive a car or plane with 99%"

Really? You can and millions do every single day because as you say nothing is 100% foolproof.

The urgent need for DRS is that, even with its flaws, it improves the rate of correct decisions compared to umpires themselves.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

Very crisp and articulate discussion between Andrew and Aakash. The root point still remains after the new announcement on the DRS - are we any closer to eliminating the howlers? the answer is sadly no. On the other hand, by treating this as a new ball change, we have made more as a tactical tool in favour of the players. Rather, the ICC should place more faith and confidence on the umpires. Here, apart from Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar (pre-Ashes avatar), there is no one who can claim to carry forward the illustrious legacy of a Frank Chester or a Dickie Bird or a David Shepherd. The umpires are being exposed to unwanted glare highlighting their failures. Not surprising that good umpires like Peter Willey, Nigel Llong, Mark Benson, Neil Mallender and others are lost to International cricket thanks to the myopic vision of the ICC.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

DRS-Flawed hope you read Suresh's answer!that is the whole point.How can we improve it it to make it 97 or 98%. Not throw it out for the reason of accuracy and go back to 90%! makes no sense to me.

Why don't anyone post the overall stats for DRS? We get stats for every ranji player, but not for DRS.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

it's funny, this is exactly the first thing I said when I seen the headline on the front page, it's quite valid, the main point I see that is quite silly is that a team loses a review for a line-ball decision, something could still happen inside of 80overs & this change would solve nothing....

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

@DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovemen, but you are fine with on field umpires driving the same car or plane at 90% accuracy!!! My counter question is when it improves the decision making why this insistence on 100%. How stupid it is to say that I am not fine with 99 or 98% that DRS gives but I will live with 90 or 92 that onfield umpire gives?

Posted by Morfi on (September 19, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

That is correct. The ICC is still missing the point. And what aboit making DRS available to all countries in all series across the board? Isnt it perpetuating double standards when one series has appalling decisions unchallenged, and another one where brilliant decisions questioned and time wasted?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

I think the Match referee should be able to overide any decision he can see is not correct , the Broad incident was blatant all he did was play to the laws and got away with it

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