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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

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 greig 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 Dummy4 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 Dummy4 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 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 Dummy4 on (April 15, 2012, 3:50 GMT)


Posted by Andrew 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 Simon 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 ajith 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 Sammy 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 Dummy4 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.

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