Pakistan v Australia 2010

Ponting asks for UDRS across the board

Brydon Coverdale

July 20, 2010

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting has called on the ICC to make sure the Umpire Decision Review System is used in every series, after the Pakistan board did not put the system in place for the neutral series in England. As the "home" board, the PCB is in charge of such matters, and the UDRS will be used for the upcoming Pakistan-England series.

However, it is also not being implemented in the Sri Lanka-India Test series, which prompted the Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara to express his disappointment. Ponting has also become used to the UDRS and although the on-field umpires had a reasonably good match at Lord's, he would have preferred consistency across series.

"I got my point across at the referee's meeting before the series. I think that even the ICC could have stepped in on this occasion," Ponting said. "It's a financial thing at the end of the day, that's the reason we are not using it. I thought the ICC could have come in and done something about it. It hasn't eventuated so we've just got to get on with it now.

"You do get used to playing a certain way and having some decisions sent back for a referral. But that's all we've got so we just have to get on with it and let the umpires do their job out in the middle. I think Pakistan just didn't get around to getting it organised quick enough or something. That was the way it was explained to us at the referee's meeting."

The cost of the UDRS is one of the major stumbling blocks, and there are also issues around the availability of the equipment. However, given that the system was rolled out properly after a lengthy trial process, Ponting believed the ICC should have stepped in to ensure it was used.

"I don't know the ins and outs of the whole thing and the way it's being run," Ponting said. "In a series like this one which is a neutral one there is always going to be that dispute about who's paying for it and should we use it. It was brought in as compulsory in Test cricket 12 months ago now. I felt if it was ever left up in the air that someone should have stepped in and made sure that it actually happened."

Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of the ICC, defended the current process. Speaking on Test Match Special last week, he said there were several issues that determined whether the UDRS was to be used in the Pakistan-Australia series.

"I understood there were some technical difficulties in getting it up and running before the first Test got going," Lorgat said. "The way we fashion the current scenario is for the home team in consultation with the visitors to determine if they want DRS or not. That's part of the process that we're walking to introduce it on a permanent basis."

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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Posted by Aasi_786 on (July 24, 2010, 9:09 GMT)

Yes, It is very useful for any test series and should be done it. Because justice should be done in every moment.

Posted by amin4865 on (July 23, 2010, 15:17 GMT)

Obviously Aussies and English are fond of this while they tried to avoid!! Things are going against them as they failed to get things in their favor.

Posted by Ravi_gupta23 on (July 23, 2010, 4:52 GMT)

The subcontinent teams feel that umpiring decisions often go against them. But now it is seen that subcontinent teams are resisting use of UDRS which can give them edge over england or Australia. But now they cannot complain as they themselves are to blame for not taking advantage of technology available.

Posted by Ravi_gupta23 on (July 23, 2010, 4:24 GMT)

I think the sub continent teams often find that umpiring decisions go against them. Ironically now these teams are not forthcoming in supporting the use of UDRS. Now India or Pakistan cannot blame australian or english umpires and be ready to accept decisions sportingly.

Posted by landl47 on (July 23, 2010, 3:18 GMT)

Of course the UDRS must be used- it's absolutely ridiculous that people watching on TV can see a decision reviewed and know that it's wrong, but the umpires and players can't have it reviewed. In my view that undermines the umpires position even more; in the old days, people often disagreed with umpires' decisions, but it was a matter of opinion. Now we KNOW when an umpire has made a bad decision. I believe every 'out' decision should be reviewed, first to ensure that it wasn't a no-ball and then to make sure there were no other issues. The fielding side should continue to have two challenges; you can't have every appeal reviewed because some cricketers would be appealing 3 times an over. With that in place, the umpires could relax, knowing that the replay will show they are right 90% of the time and the occasional error will be corrected.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 21:58 GMT)

I agree with all of the views in regards to UDRS..... That it should be in place at all venues and for all matches . But as VILANDER says it must have all type of technologies to support UDRS, We can not have one available and other one left out as in India Srilanka series. The amount of money all cricket boards get from the TV channels should compansate the cost of UDRS. I am sure we all FANS OF CRICKET would love to watch a fair and error free game of cricket.... no matter who wins, that win will be a credential one, won by a team not by Bad umpiring decisions.

Posted by whoster on (July 21, 2010, 8:01 GMT)

Either the UDRS is used for EVERY Test series, or not at all - it's as simple as that. After a few teething troubles, many people who were initially against it (like myself) have seen the system improved. The bottom line is that we all want to see obviously bad umpiring decisions overturned, and more correct decisions being given. It's a difficult balancing act to use UDRS and not take away the authority of umpires, but the UDRS has worked well with a bit of tinkering, so the ICC has got to sort out this matter. The worst possible scenario is for it to be used for some Tests and not for others; as that will confuse things more than ever. I believe Ponting is right to raise his concerns. It's most definitely an 'all or nothing' situation.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (July 21, 2010, 6:51 GMT)

Ponting is spot on with this. UDRS is a necessity & should be brought in across the board & paid by the ICC. Any test country that refuses to use the technology should be stripped of their pts from each match that they refuse & the pts be given to their opponent.

Home teams already have home crowd, home grounds & home pitch (home pitch needs to be regulated by ICC as well), so having umpires which financially benefit from "mistakes" made by not using UDRS is stupid.

In Aust there has been a large drop off in Cricket following since the Aust Cricket Team (and not the umpires) were blamed for the umpiring decisions last time India were here.

It is the responsibility of each cricket team to win at all costs. If they step out of line it is the duty of the umpire to pull them back in through appropriate warnings.

Regarding the Sydney situation, Aust Cricket Team were blamed for "appealing too much". The irony is Asian teams refuse to use a system which would create a level playing field

Posted by shaen on (July 21, 2010, 4:45 GMT)

I've never seen all (bar one obvious nutter) posts agree on one subject before....here or anywhere else. That in it'self is a convincing argument in favour of Udrs.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2010, 3:37 GMT)

@ arvs2001 - have you no idea? Ponting wants the UDRS in place for every series. I doubt whether we'll see it in the upcoming India v Australia series though - India has too much to lose by agreeing to use it.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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