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Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota

Stripped down UDRS under the spotlight

Osman Samiuddin in Hambantota

February 20, 2011

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Ashish Bagai asks for a review, Sri Lanka v Canada, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota, February 20, 2011
Canada had no luck with the UDRS when they were in the field © Associated Press
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Players/Officials: Ashish Bagai | Mahela Jayawardene
Series/Tournaments: ICC Cricket World Cup
Teams: Canada | Sri Lanka

The unavailability of Hot Spot technology during the current World Cup came under scrutiny as co-hosts Sri Lanka opened their World Cup campaign with a thumping win over Canada today at Hambantota.

Mahela Jayawardene, Man of the Match for his 100, was the focus of two referrals from Canada for caught behind decisions, both of which went against the minnows. First, in the 23rd over with Jayawardene on 11, spinner Jimmy Hansra and wicketkeeper-captain Ashish Bagai went up for a huge appeal convinced an edge had been pouched.

The umpire turned it down, but Canada went for an immediate referral. TV replays suggested an edge, but were ultimately inconclusive and the decision remained. Then, in Hansra's very next over, they went up as Jayawardene attempted a drive. Again the umpire turned it down only for the second referral to be called and again TV replays failed to provide a decisive picture.

In October last year, the ICC had announced that Hot Spot cameras would be used in the semi-finals and final of the tournament. But an ICC spokesman later told ESPNcricinfo that, "the supplier of the Hot Spot technology advised that it was not willing to supply its cameras for the tournament so, accordingly, they will not be used at any stage in the tournament."

Though Jayawardene was potentially a beneficiary of the absence of Hot Spot, he said later that it was a concern not having it. "I think that's probably the downside to it and I don't think they have Snicko either. I am a big fan of the UDRS, I think if we have technology and if we can use it in a certain way we should."

The UDRS, in its current form, is reduced to its most basic requirements: a ball-tracker (Hawk-Eye), super slo-mo camera, and a 'clear' stump mic, none of which are particularly helpful with edges. "I think you need to make sure that fair decisions are being made and we need to help the umpires especially because in the conditions it's not easy for them to make correct decisions all the time," Jayawardene said. "There's more technology possible so we should use that."

Canada did make successful use of one referral when they batted, Bagai winning a decision in his favour after he had been given leg-before to Muttiah Muralitharan. "For us, this was the first time we were playing under that rule and our guys were not experienced with it," Canada coach Pubudu Dassanayake said. "Definitely without Hot Spot you can't take proper decisions for caught behinds."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Chaithanya on (February 22, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

I am really surprised that they don't have hot spot and ultra motion camera facilities for the UDRS system in a tournament which is considered as the biggest for one day cricket!!!. Its a shame that ICC says the suppliers are not willing to supply them......my concern is all about who the hell are the suppliers to advice about the system? and don't we have any other supplier(s) in the whole world to provide the technology? for me it looks like an excuse ICC are making. All I would like to say is if there is technology to use sue it properly or don't use it at all and don't use it for the names sake........... I don't know who would have been benefited by those to decisions but really sorry for Canada for finishing their both the reviews unsuccessfully because of lack of proper technology. I hope ICC will take it seriously for the future tournaments.....fingers crossed......

Posted by Yasir on (February 22, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Another case of Vague implementation. I am not referring whether system is 100% or not. But decision to use it on case by case is not right.

Further how can the supplier "advice" to ICC that they are not willing. How can ICC push for its implementation if supplier cant provide it on demand. Also there is no excuse on technology export condition as written, if it is so sacred they (supplier/country) better keep and use it in Bunkers with high security.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

ICC should probably give some attention for the research and development of these new technologies they are nowhere near perfection now I am pretty shure that if perfect form of it comes it will be appreciated by every team. Now it can be seen that Lankans have their luck factor with this but again a wrong decision is wrong. Lankans like it most but they must be aware that this not a right thing at all this may cost them one day

Posted by Homer on (February 21, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

The ICC"s tournament, the ICC's broadcaster, the ICC's UDRS. Where do SRT, MSD or the BCCI figure in this? Also, what is the "stripped down UDRS" ? Every mandatory requirement within the UDRS has been met. And if there is a quibble with the UDRS in its present form,isnt that keeping in line with the BCCI's argument?

Posted by Rajinda on (February 21, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

This is for all the part time cricket fans who only watch cricket when WC comes around every 4 years & come to cricinfo to comment. Also cricket is not played on an account sheet to deduct 90 add 70 here & there to adjust scores! It shows that some of you have no idea of cricket. May be U do that in "BOOK CRICKET" U play when U accountants are bored. First of all Mahela is a WALKER! It's been proven again & again. Both he & Sanga do not hang around if they edge a ball regardless who the opponents are. We who watch cricket more often than U lot know this. Also just cause a wicket keeper appeals & it "LOOKED" like an edge on TV DOES NOT mean it happened. What Mahela says here is that the full use of technology should be used, like the hot spot or snicko. He says this confidently knowing that it will prove he DID NOT edge, not because he got away with it. Did any of U accusing Mahela ever thought of that?

Posted by Manesh on (February 21, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

@gilly007, URDS itself is yet to prove 100% accurate, then what about it without Hot spot. First show us a 100% working one and then ask for it. (BTW, I personally support new technology in cricket to make it 100% professional) In this case, the first one was kissed Mahela's bat even if there was not much deviation. Th 2nd one was a mistake from the keeper because of the sound.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

Hoh hoh ho.. Now who says that the first one was an edge??

Posted by Venkatesh on (February 21, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

@Man007. SRT was against UDRS even when there was all the technology available like Hot spot and Snicko during prior series. So please dont use this as a means to justify SRT's stance in the issue...

Posted by Ankan on (February 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

a wicket at that stage could have meant SL would have gone on the defensive for a longer period. So definitely the decision mattered. Ultimate result probably would have been the same given the difference in class, but still it denied canada teh chance to match the superior opponent atleast in some way. Sorry for you canada, but great show from Cheema.

Posted by Stuart on (February 21, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

So much for batsmen doing the honourable thing and walking...

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