India in South Africa 2010-11 October 24, 2010

South Africa in favour of UDRS for India Tests

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South Africa are in favour of using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in their upcoming Test series against India. Gerald Majola, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA), confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the board is still negotiating with its Indian counterparts over whether the system will be used during the end-of-year tour.

"We have to persuade India because at the moment they don't want it," said Majola. As per ICC regulations, the host team can take the take the call on whether to use UDRS, in consultation with the visiting country. Majola said the South African players want to use the system because they think "it's the most fair way for decisions to be made."

South African captain Graeme Smith voiced his conditional approval for the UDRS in a more measured manner. "Technology is obviously an important way forward in cricket. It will be beneficial to the game and the players are behind. I think if the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is going to be successful it needs to be implemented properly by the ICC and not on a 50/50 basis like we have seen so far," Smith said. "It must be used all of the time and not for selective series' like we see now."

Recent history may explain Smith's issue with consistency. In their last four Test series, South Africa have used the UDRS three times. They first used it against Australia in the 2008-09 season, then against England at home last season and, most recently, in their three-test series in the West Indies in June. They did not use it in the series in India in February this year, when the choice lay with the hosts.

India have made no secret of their dislike for the system since they first used it in a series against Sri Lanka in 2008. In the three-Test series, India made only one successful review, compared to Sri Lanka's 11. They haven't used it since then, with senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar openly saying they prefer Hot Spot, as they feel it is a more accurate tool for establishing contact between bat and ball or pad.

There is the possibility that Hot Spot will be used during the South Africa-India series, even though it wasn't part of the production in the recently-completed series between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Hotspot was used during the home series against England. The broadcasting rights have since changed hands. Previously the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcast Corporation, was responsible for the production; now Supersport is. Both services still broadcast live matches.

The exact technology tools to be used in the series will be decided in the coming weeks. It is almost certain that South Africa will have ball-tracking technology, Super Slo-Mo and a clear stump mike, the three requirements needed for the UDRS system, should India change their mind. The first Test starts in Centurion on December 16.

Firdose Moonda is a freelance writer based in Johannesburg

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  • indianxpres on October 28, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    i still surprise why india is not going for UDRS. we must accept the technology to over come bad decissions which some time prove costly. so we must go with UDRS

  • Kirk-at-Lords on October 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Once again, lack of decisive ICC administration of key elements of the sport have allowed matters to become completely clouded along a number of different dimensions of UDRS. These include: national distinctions regarding use (particularly India vs the rest), commercialisation (Hawk Eye vs Virtual Eye), and implementation (particularly Hot Spot and Sniko). Dave Richardson at ICC promised continuing oversight of all UDRS related issues. There is little evidence of this now; only some pleas from exec director Lorgat for India and RSA to come to consensus. This would definitely be nice but is not necessary, since hosts RSA can decide the matter themselves, something India has clearly done in all home series since the India tour of Sri Lanka in 2008, which was both the inaugural use of UDRS and the only time India has ever been subject to the system. Once again, it seems that nothing of significance will happen in a timely manner, or at all, until ICC governance is overhauled.

  • on October 27, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    ICC must make it mandatory to use UDRS system (but with 7 wrong reviews ) else the countries opposing it must not be allowed to play any form of cricket.India must be asked to explain why they dont want UDRS...

  • sonjjay on October 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    @popcorn what about dhoni's dismissal in the first test 1st innings and also katich was a clear goner in 1 st innings of the 2nd test 1st session The ind vs aus series is over now so hopefully you wont be hanging around articles related to India for long,will you ??

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 26, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Whats wrong with these Indians, why do they keep pushing UDRS away?? Dont tell me its financial - there is more money in Indian cricket than anywhere else in the world. I watched the England vs SA series in SA. 70% of onfield umpiring decisions were wrong, thank god for UDRS as these wrongful decisions were corrected.

    Cricket is a multi-billion industry these days, margins are small but could cost careers and reputation. Why not use technology when its available.

  • popcorn on October 26, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Here's a tip for South Africa to insist on the UDRS - Australia CLEARLY won the first Test at Mohali. Pragyan Ojha was CLEARLY OUT lbw to Mitchell Johnson, but 'crooked finger' so-called experienced Billy Bowden did not raise it.The whole world saw it - INCLUDING THE INDIANS. But Australia could not demand a review. India should hang its head in shame as to HOW they won. The UDRS will balance out wrong decisions. The Indians will say - Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma were not out, but were declared out. I and fellow Aussies will say - Mike Hussey and Marcus North wrere not out, but were declared out. So where does that get us? UDRS may not be perfect, but it is at least 95 % correct. Better than so-called 100 Test Umpires making poor judgements.

  • Dhanno on October 25, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    So by Kasun Kasut or Kusut or Sasut's logic basically all the test matches played till UDRS was invented were unfair contest!!.. (yes most of those played by teams in Australia were :P). But yea, anything without UDRS is unfair is simply moronic. The system does have flaws, there are times when after 10 replays commentators say "oh that ball was hit pretty high and looks doubtful to hit the wicket" and then the "HAWK" EYE (whoever gave it the name, hawks are pissed for sure) shows it would have hit the stumps :O ? Its random, its still a gadget, if you have worked in any scientific institute you would that most reliable measurements are done with simplistic methods not some 2 million instruments with algorithms.

  • SnowSnake on October 25, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    There is a better way to use UDRS, which may make it less controversial. Here is the approach. Just like field umpire consults third-umpire for run outs, he should be allowed to consult third umpire for lbws, if he deems it necessary. The current approach appears to be more of a rebellion by players against the umpire decision. It leads to a lot of ill will. Who knows, after 3 wrong reviews are over, field umpire may take revenge on the rebelling team-- for it can no longer ask for reviews.

  • SudheerPusuluri on October 25, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @Kasun Arunoda Pathirana Hi cry baby..first ask bowlers to learn how`not to bowl no balls..then you can start crying abt rankings:P..I think BCCI should agree to UDRS if there is hotspot also available..

  • Peligrosisimo3 on October 25, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    One thing that many people seem to forget it that the technology is going to be used for both sides. There has to be some reason(and it seems pretty big) that the BCCI is resisting the review at all costs. All of the major test playing nations have agreed to it and see no problem with it. We should then question ourselves. Is India the problem then? I suggest that if one team agrees and the other team doesnt then allow the team that agrees to review its decisions(batting, bowling and fielding). Give the normal team its normal 2 reviews and then the team that disagrees then should not be allowed to use any reviews. See how quickly the indians will come over.

  • indianxpres on October 28, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    i still surprise why india is not going for UDRS. we must accept the technology to over come bad decissions which some time prove costly. so we must go with UDRS

  • Kirk-at-Lords on October 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Once again, lack of decisive ICC administration of key elements of the sport have allowed matters to become completely clouded along a number of different dimensions of UDRS. These include: national distinctions regarding use (particularly India vs the rest), commercialisation (Hawk Eye vs Virtual Eye), and implementation (particularly Hot Spot and Sniko). Dave Richardson at ICC promised continuing oversight of all UDRS related issues. There is little evidence of this now; only some pleas from exec director Lorgat for India and RSA to come to consensus. This would definitely be nice but is not necessary, since hosts RSA can decide the matter themselves, something India has clearly done in all home series since the India tour of Sri Lanka in 2008, which was both the inaugural use of UDRS and the only time India has ever been subject to the system. Once again, it seems that nothing of significance will happen in a timely manner, or at all, until ICC governance is overhauled.

  • on October 27, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    ICC must make it mandatory to use UDRS system (but with 7 wrong reviews ) else the countries opposing it must not be allowed to play any form of cricket.India must be asked to explain why they dont want UDRS...

  • sonjjay on October 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    @popcorn what about dhoni's dismissal in the first test 1st innings and also katich was a clear goner in 1 st innings of the 2nd test 1st session The ind vs aus series is over now so hopefully you wont be hanging around articles related to India for long,will you ??

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 26, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Whats wrong with these Indians, why do they keep pushing UDRS away?? Dont tell me its financial - there is more money in Indian cricket than anywhere else in the world. I watched the England vs SA series in SA. 70% of onfield umpiring decisions were wrong, thank god for UDRS as these wrongful decisions were corrected.

    Cricket is a multi-billion industry these days, margins are small but could cost careers and reputation. Why not use technology when its available.

  • popcorn on October 26, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    Here's a tip for South Africa to insist on the UDRS - Australia CLEARLY won the first Test at Mohali. Pragyan Ojha was CLEARLY OUT lbw to Mitchell Johnson, but 'crooked finger' so-called experienced Billy Bowden did not raise it.The whole world saw it - INCLUDING THE INDIANS. But Australia could not demand a review. India should hang its head in shame as to HOW they won. The UDRS will balance out wrong decisions. The Indians will say - Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma were not out, but were declared out. I and fellow Aussies will say - Mike Hussey and Marcus North wrere not out, but were declared out. So where does that get us? UDRS may not be perfect, but it is at least 95 % correct. Better than so-called 100 Test Umpires making poor judgements.

  • Dhanno on October 25, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    So by Kasun Kasut or Kusut or Sasut's logic basically all the test matches played till UDRS was invented were unfair contest!!.. (yes most of those played by teams in Australia were :P). But yea, anything without UDRS is unfair is simply moronic. The system does have flaws, there are times when after 10 replays commentators say "oh that ball was hit pretty high and looks doubtful to hit the wicket" and then the "HAWK" EYE (whoever gave it the name, hawks are pissed for sure) shows it would have hit the stumps :O ? Its random, its still a gadget, if you have worked in any scientific institute you would that most reliable measurements are done with simplistic methods not some 2 million instruments with algorithms.

  • SnowSnake on October 25, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    There is a better way to use UDRS, which may make it less controversial. Here is the approach. Just like field umpire consults third-umpire for run outs, he should be allowed to consult third umpire for lbws, if he deems it necessary. The current approach appears to be more of a rebellion by players against the umpire decision. It leads to a lot of ill will. Who knows, after 3 wrong reviews are over, field umpire may take revenge on the rebelling team-- for it can no longer ask for reviews.

  • SudheerPusuluri on October 25, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    @Kasun Arunoda Pathirana Hi cry baby..first ask bowlers to learn how`not to bowl no balls..then you can start crying abt rankings:P..I think BCCI should agree to UDRS if there is hotspot also available..

  • Peligrosisimo3 on October 25, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    One thing that many people seem to forget it that the technology is going to be used for both sides. There has to be some reason(and it seems pretty big) that the BCCI is resisting the review at all costs. All of the major test playing nations have agreed to it and see no problem with it. We should then question ourselves. Is India the problem then? I suggest that if one team agrees and the other team doesnt then allow the team that agrees to review its decisions(batting, bowling and fielding). Give the normal team its normal 2 reviews and then the team that disagrees then should not be allowed to use any reviews. See how quickly the indians will come over.

  • on October 25, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    It is quite weird that the BCCI don't like the UDRS. I agree the system is not a 100% correct, but the umpires are also not a 100% correct. So, let's play without the umpires then!

    For people like Kasun who are here to make abusive racist comments about Indians or 'believe' that Indians rely on umpiring decisions to win (how is this even true, with neutral umpires?!!), I'm an Indian and I believe in using UDRS and don't blindly follow the BCCI. I also believe India is talented enough to win anywhere in the world, and UDRS will give us the best chance by eliminating the possibility of a Sehwag or a Tendulkar getting out due to freakish umpiring errors.

    I also blame the ICC for being lame and for not being able to convince the BCCI and the players alike.

    p.s. Cricinfo needs to develop a filter to weed out racial abuses. Do you guys even bother to read comments before publishing them? I would suggest warning and banning guys like Kasun based on their comments.

  • on October 25, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    @ Kasun - So called number 1 ? Does India have to take a certificate that it's number 1 from you ? LOL

  • NewYorkCricket on October 25, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Bottom line is that UDRS should be used for obvious judgements not given or the once that go wrong. Judging LBWs to see if the ball would have hit the stumps is very controversial, especially when spinner are bowling and should not be used.

  • vrms on October 25, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Due to knee-high bouncing nature of pitches in the sub-continent, Indian batsmen (including Tendulkar) tend to use their pads a lot more against any bowler. Many times they are liable for an lbw decisions but generally umpires give them the benefit of doubt (there's no doubt they try to control the game and balance the favours to both teams else the matches would be over in half the scheduled time and no one with high commercial stakes in the game wants it).

    It is still afresh in Indian batsmen's minds, how they were blown apart by Ajantha Mendis in SriLanka who just bowls stump-to-stump line and if one shoots through to hit the batsman's pads he is sure to be out lbw most of the times even though that may not be a wicket deserving delivery. Added to this is the bias in decisions by the hosts who generally want to see the end of Indian batsmen's dominance against them-by hook or crook-and Indians could do nothing about it. That's why they don't support UDRS.

  • sonjjay on October 25, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Well its sad that hotspot wont be available but hawk eye cannot assure an accurate lbw decision when the decision is marginal. Infact in the recently concluded series between India and Aus the hawkeye projected a ball from ojha going over the stumps and when Hilfenhaus dug one in short it showed the ball cliping the bails. I understand that the ball keeps low when it hits certain spots, but a spinner who mostly pitches it up goes above the stumps and that too on Indian tracks???? Hawkeye should be used to correct the obvious mistakes not when the decision is dodgy.

  • razorhedge on October 25, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    the only reason BCCI doesnt want to implement it this is .. COSTS. It has nothing to do with accuracy or winning/losing.

  • AsherCA on October 25, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Gentlemen, I have reason to believe that BCCI is just fronting for ICC. ICC does not want a UDRS since it eliminates their ability to decide the result of matches. It gives the control to ICC's Bucknors & Bensons. I have recommended something basic to Mr. Dave Richardson of ICC over a year ago & I am still to hear of possible demerits of my suggestion -

    1. Do away with the 3rd umpire & all formal review systems. 2. Amend ICC laws in such a way that if there is a TV replay that proves a batsman was Not Out, fielding side appeals "professionally" & benefits thru "Human Error" of umpires, there is a sever penalty on the fielding side. Similarly, if a batsman is out & benefits from "professionally" waiting for human errors from umpires, penalise the batting side substantially. Penalties should be severe enough to impact the result of the match & the offending cricketer's career.

    It will reduce chances of Australia wins which is why ICC does not like it.

  • ashdan on October 25, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    i ask my fellow indians who support BCCI nd sachin regarding UDRS matter should not tell that india lost d series because of umpires like they did after sydney test...they should accept whatever be the result..

  • CricEshwar on October 25, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Reason for India not using UDRS has more than what meets the eye. I support the UDRS system, but India is reluctant not because of fear of the decisions but there may be an economic reason to it which will come out sooner than later.

  • nani_cool21 on October 25, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    @ Kasun Arunoda Pathirana who are you? a worst pakistani spectator or an indecent australian fan or greedy ,egoistic and worst srilankan.Who ever it might be just listen the fact most of the wrong decisions are come against india not in favor of india.Please checkout history books . We reject the system because its not 100 percent correct.Do u think hawk eye is correct even the inventors it self stated that its only 50 % right so why to be leave that

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    waiting for the day....when team of robots will play the cricket match....along with robo umpires, robo concentrators.....we will witness no human errors any more in cricket matches, not a single wrong decision......no I am not ruling out Humans...there will be many of human... as "spectators"....n cricinfo will always welcome our comments on machines errors.

    being a engineer I cheers... :)

  • CandidIndian on October 25, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    I think UDRS is a good system and should be used if third umpire which in turn will help the field umpires is not someone like Dharamsena and Steve Bucknor who are cheaters and completely biased and third umpires should also be neutral not from the host country because then UDRS system can be used by host country to win series using biased third umpire decisions .Apart from this i dont see any major flaws in UDRS system.Like Boycott mentioned it will be applied soon and made compulsory , only problem is the high cost because of which some boards hesitate to apply this system.I think India should agree to use UDRS and become accustomed to it as when it will be made compulsory they may find it difficult to get used to this system.

  • on October 25, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    @Vinay Bhonslay - I think there is a problem with allowing the 3rd umpire to overrule the decision.Especially in decisions like Bump catches.In such situations,on field umpires will have a better idea of the matter I guess.

  • on October 25, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Typical Indians...They always have excuses to hide from the truth.This is really pathetic.How can you be No.1 when you are depending on Umpires to make mistakes.SA has shown they are the true No.1 side by agreeing to the system.They have the confidence to beat their opponents in a fair contest.Which India seriously lack.Despite being so called No.1.

  • karthikfromchennai on October 25, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    @wolver, did you check the recent history where the indian batting blasted the fast bowlers to score series wins in NZ, Eng, WI...and test wins in perth, johannesberg? may be i am checking a different history book.....to indians its not about batting or bowling strength...its bout winning the matches...i dont care abt whether we have the best batting or worst bowling....as long as team india wins matches i would be happy....

  • SUNDOS on October 25, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Sometimes when cricketing matters are discussed in open forums,they tend to bring out the jiongoistic trait in us all.Technology and it's usage is the way forward.Wghat remains is whether we use all technology available or in an inordinate haste settle for part of the technology.These matters should be discussed by the respective boards,an agreement on the playing conditions reached and on with the series that promises to be brilliant.

  • Proteas123 on October 25, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna - DO YOU THINK THAT NON-INDIANS DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CRICKET? The facts would find your comments falling very short. Whether or not there is better technology is not the main issue, it is that UDRS is better than not having anything and it is strange that India resist this. You will also find that most non-indians are not jealous of the indian batting line up, they are aging and are historically poor in good fast bowling conditions. SA have a young and very strong batting lineup that will still be around for well after the FAB 3 have gone.

  • on October 25, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    UDRS system will only work if it is left to the umpires to refer it upstairs when ever they are in doubt and there should be no limit to how many times they have to send it upstairs. Just to have limited appeals per team does not solve the problem of bad umpiring decisions that can change a game (isn't that what people want - crucial decision to be correct? - so how can you tell which of the 100 appeals may lead to game changing decision?)!

  • Proteas123 on October 25, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    BCCI will get their way. CSA is want the cash, so BCCI will get their way. All the pitches will also be flat tracks, not green tops like they should be, this will give India the best possible chance. This is what happened against england as well, except for last game when SA had to win to draw level. Graeme_Swanns_Cat - SA dominated the series and England still got away with a draw. England were not robbed, they were very lucky. If all the pitches had been like Wanderers, it would have been 3-1. UDRS improves the quality of decisions and should be used.

  • on October 25, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    India need to lose a crucial game becoz of a bad decision to make a final call on UDRS.. It is a no brainer and I think it is just a matter of time before every match will be under UDRS..

  • on October 25, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    @Popcorn Unfortunately the South Africans are not rude. And this is not street-cricket to just send them home! Even the ACB wouldn't do it, unless you are running it!

  • screamingeagle on October 25, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I wonder why ICC has left it to the host nation's discretion? If they have tested it for a reasonable amount of time, should not the technology be adopted. The fact that it still is not confirmed as the best technology available, indicates there is doubt in the minds of many people.

    Rezaul, 1 suggestion. Grow up, your flaming effort is so dated.

  • on October 25, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    UDRS should be used along with the HotSpot.BCCI should afford the HotSpot as the TV rights holder Nimbus is still not using it even though the technology has been there for 3 years.If the BCCI is unwilling to have UDRS then The ICC should force it on them.I think they will only agree for the system if they happen to lose like the Sydneyesque way.

  • Sulaimaan91 on October 25, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    THE ICC DECISION IS RIDICULOUS.UDRS SHOULD BE MADE COMPULSORY FOR ALL TEST MATCHES.THE REASON WHY INDIA DOES NOT WANT IT IS THAT WHEN THEY USED IT THEY LOST.ALL THIER STARS BATSMEN COULD NOT SCORE (SACHIN WAS DISMISSED ONLY WITH THE HELP OF UDRS, IN SL.)AND WHEN THEY DID NOT USE IT THEY WON AND THIER STARS SCORED(SEHWAG 293 VS SL WAS,HE OUT ON 5 OCCASIONS BUT NOT GIVEN)SO IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE WHY SACHIN AND BCCI ARE CRYING.THE ICC SHOULD BE MORE FORCEFUL RATHER THAN FALLING TO THE THUGGERY OF THE BCCI

  • Philly.rocks on October 25, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna, I hd been supporting and following team india for the last 30 years. I guess u did not even born that time. So, I know what I say. India is resisting UDRS just because Dravid, Sachin got decisions against them in the UDRS trial against SL. I still admire India's strong and formidable batting line up. But their resistance against UDRS is unbelievable when it is wide accepted that UDRS definitely improves correct decision percentage. Take the available technology and improve correct decisions.

  • Hindh on October 25, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    @popcorn Ur comments seems that the only way to beat INdia is by having a system like UDRS which still has flaws.Australia must concentrate on having better bowlers before they tour india next time...

  • Hindh on October 25, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Without the Hotspot tech INdia should not agree to UDRS. All tech available must be used or else UDRS will be a joke.

  • DINESHCC on October 25, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Mr.Popcorn can you say how many teams benefited with the use of UDRS. Even in the last seies between Eng and Pak so many decisons were referred to the 3rd umpire and more than 50% of decisions given by the 3rd umpire was wrong. Even in the recently concluded Ind Aus series, Dhoni's catch in the first test was referred to the 3rd umpire. The fielder Watson himesf was not sure whether the catch was taken or not. Even though the ball touched the ground, the decision of the 3rd umpire was "out". This is not the only decision that went wrong. There are so many decisions.

  • on October 25, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Instead of the UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System), where both teams get 3 referrals to challenge the on field umpire decision. Wouldn't it be a better idea to have the 3rd umpire over-rule any on-field umpire decision irrespective of batting / bowling side challenges? In tennis the chair umpire over rules line calls if he feels the lines man has given a wrong call, similarly the 3rd umpire overrules the onfield decision if he finds it is wrong. This would be a better way to use technology and there would be no place for complaiints.

  • ilangorathy on October 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Facts are very simple here,india churns out 60% of revenue out of the rest per year while come to broadcasting,TV-Rights,Sponsership deals n Viewership rating thus BCCI like to Dictate terms on ICC and other Boards,its quite understandable as Money does all the talking in this real-world..right?. but BCCI's fear for implementing UDRS has some other reasons,it knows that the best bet it have in hand is it's star players in the team n the viewers comes to grounds n sitting infront of the TV to watch 'only' those players playing(no one can't deny it..right?)..but if UDRS is implemented indian spinners won't get all their'close-in-field' decisions in their favour as thats the only way they can get wickets againt quality battting-sides.so as long as money rule the game other boards n ICC ill keep on tailing behind BCCI..its an utter-shame for the game..!!

  • popcorn on October 25, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    It is the prerogative of the host nation- whether to insist on the UDRS or not. If the Indians don't want it, send them back home by the next plane.

  • on October 25, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    @Naren: India knows a lot about cricket. In fact Sachin Tendulkar himself has openly said that the systems used in UDRS are not 100% correct. If they are not why should you use them. When the authorities found out that without UDRS the field umpires got about 95% correct and with UDRS it is 98%. The point is why not use hot-spot technology. India is insisting on using more reliable technology for review. I'm sure most of the cricket fans have no idea how a Hawk-eye works! Believe me folks there are better technology available out there, infact we can adopt a lot from gaming industry, but ICC is very reluctant. And Naren, it is really ridiculous to show pity on umpires, it is their job and when they don't do it properly they will be scrutinized.

    @Rezaul: Clearly you have no idea about Cricket or UDRS. You are just jealous that India has best batting lineups in the world cricket and India are no: 1 in test cricket....grow up...

  • Percy_Fender on October 25, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    The URDS is the right way to go if it uses technology which is acceptable to the majority of Test playing nations and the final verdict is also rendered by a software based decision shown on the big screen. I feel it should be mandatory for all lbw caught behind decisions. The umpires should be free to ask for a decision in any other case when there is some doubt. It should not only be the privilege the players to ask for the URDS to adjudicate.There has been some criticism of the Hawkeye technology in some quarters, which seems to be founded on greviances.The hot spot method seems perfect for caught behind or close to the stumps or lbw cases. I am not very sure if the cost is prohibitive for this technology. The point is that at present it is the obligation of the host to pay for the expenditure to be incurred on the URDS. If both countries accept the URDS it should be borne by both. Once the system becomes more acceptable to most the ICC should make the use of URDS mandatory.

  • bharath74 on October 25, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    The real use of onfield umpire is just to give noballs and wides, i guess they will also be replaced by computers soon. Have faith in those two gentleman(umpires) and enjoy the game.

  • HotSpotInventor on October 25, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Just wanted to give everyone a UDRS update from the Hot Spot perspective. We have 4 existing Hot Spot cameras which are all committed for Ashes test matches. We also have two new cameras on order which hopefully will arrive by Christmas time. These will be tested and then sent to NZ for their 2 test series against Pak in early Jan. With 6 cameras available we believe we can do all quarter final matches and onwards (4 x QF, 2 x SF, 1 F) for WC2011. Currently we are talking to the ICC and WC broadcaster about this.....hopefully a decision will not take much longer.

    Having said all that, we will not have any cameras available for the SA v Ind. To date no-one has contacted us about providing HS for this series. Naturally UDRS may still be used for this series, it just won't include HS.

    Hopefully this is nice and clear for everyone and ends all the innuendo about where HS will be available over the next 6 months.

  • Naren on October 25, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I really pity the umpires.. there is so much technology to scutinize them and they show on live screen when they make a bad decision and that adds pressure to them. And they cannot even change that decision and that probably affects them more. If you don't want to use UDRS, then don't use them for broadcasting only. The Mike Hussey lbw was terrible for any bowler to appeal.. it was a horrible decision than the rest of the bad ones. Would you like to be monitored with a camera at your work and you make a mistake and it won't be used to help you correct it, but to be held against you? This is ridiculous.

  • rohanbala on October 25, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    South Africa should insist on UDRS for the series and not succumb to pressure (not to use) from anyone.

  • Naren on October 25, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    @Nimish... what a joke. India has gotten lot of bad decisions? The opponents also have got equal amount of bad decisions or more. It was exposed that the Indians did not know what to appeal for in that series against Sri Lanka. Because they don't always know when it is out. How many times Harbhajan appeals after pitching outside leg to a left hander? They know cricket more closely than anybody else.. lol. We have reached no.1 only recently and already talks that we only know cricket better than everybody else.

  • sashi94 on October 25, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    The present UDRS system is not really a step foreward. It just introduces more complications in the game as we saw in the Sri lanka and India series. India was not fully aware of the system and Sri lanka used it brilliantly and got key decisions in their favor. The system should be bias free and the technology needs to used for every decision or for nothing at all.. not just when the player challenges a call or when a bowler thinks he got an lbw and the 3rd umpire makes the final decision. How can the 3rd umpire give an lbw watching replays when he cannot use hawkeye to call back a batsman given out incorrectly? the system needs to work both ways..

  • Vilander on October 25, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    hawkeye is a piece of crap but better than human judgment of projectile, sniko can have errors. but super slow motion and hot spot are conclusive decision aids. together they are error proof..together with none excluded.

  • Rezaul on October 25, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    India will keep resisting of using UDRS because if it is being used then their famous batters will not get close decisions in favor of them. Without UDRS field umpires are reluctant to give close decisions against the big guns like Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, and co. I can assure you guys that once Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag gets one or two wrong decisions then India will jump for UDRS. Come on India, you are number one... be brave..

  • SnowSnake on October 24, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    UDRS or not, decisions will lbw remain controversial.

  • raahils on October 24, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    dear friends ind fearing to it coz they out by lbw most and sa wont bowled by lbw thats y ind fearing they have to used i know amla and viliers give nice treatment for ind

  • maddy20 on October 24, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Unless they have hotspot technology available, its best to avoid UDRS. Hawk-eye is a joke!

  • Graeme_Swanns_Cat on October 24, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    The review system is a joke. Remember the Harper and Smith incident? No wonder then that SA are keen to have it. England were robbed!

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sometimes a bad decision from umpire costs a match,so it is not bad to introduce review system in cricket.If there is technology we must use it to perform a healthy game.But for a moment i think some day wil come we might not need any umpires,if outs,no balls and runouts can be judged through technologies then why the hell the umpire should present in the field to signal boundaries or sixes.So may be BCCI thinks of our umpires.

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    even though in the past and recently a lot of wrong umpiring decisions have gone against INDIA ,Indians still do not want UDRS U Know WHY ? because Indians are far more passionate and thus know cricket more closely than any one else in the world and that is why they are resisting it WE ALL ARE HUMANS and we play games as humans not as machines let there be the human element of error its the part of the game and not spoil the game for sake of perfectionism EVEN WITHOUT technology in all surveys more than 99% of the umpires decisions are found to be correct SO LETS PLAY LIKE HUMAN BEINGS AND ENJOY RATHER THAN SLOW IT DOWN

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    It will be interesting few weeks to see if SA actually uses its "host" position to have UDRS in the series against India. All fine now with time in hand; lets see when the series begins; who gets their wish.. LOL

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Firstly as a CRICKET FAN m desperately lukng frwrd fr improvement in the UMPIRE DECISIONS although they r currently about 95% right bt still nt 100%which r never the ness a factor in deciding the result of a Game so still a lot f room fr improvement is there bt what i feel is that HOT SPOT & ULTRA SLOW MOTION with HAWK EYE & CLEAR STUMP MIKE r rather more accurate in terms of the UMPIRING DECISIONS than BALL TRACKING TECHNOLOGY which s currently used in all countries except INDIA.So that's why SACHIN TENDULKAR, BCCI & INDIAN TEAM MANAGEMENT r nt liking this at all..As far as INDIA's tour to SRI-LANKA 2008 s concerned, there official broadcasters hd used VIRTUAL EYE fr predicting whether BALL WILL HIT THE STUMPS or NOT after it go past BATSMAN so there remains much doubt in 3rd UMPIRE's mind that whether he should turn down the decision of feild umpire or agree with him, bt nw HAWK EYE is available so it cn b preety interesting to see if broadcasters will use HOT-SPOT CAMERAS fr UDRS...

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I believe that Cricket South Africa should stick to their guns on the UDRS, since they are the hosts and have every right to enforce it on Cricket India!! I can say it's only fair enough - India just have to contend with it while on tour to other countries!!

  • jessjess on October 24, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    UDRS!! they must use it!!!!!!

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    India is now the no. 1 test team in the world and they should not back away from UDRS or any new challenges that come in their way. UDRS will be implemented for sure in the future. They just need to plan on which all scenarios/situations they should go for it. Since almost all major domestic tournaments are now covered by channels, BCCI should use it for major domestic tournaments as well.

  • MasterClass on October 24, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    If BCCI is successful in getting HotSpot in all UDRS games then they will have performed a great service to test cricket and fans, because it will make the UDRS error proof. But ICC also needs to make sure that umpires are well trained in the technology, so we don't get glaring gaffs like what happened in recent SA/Eng tour where mike volume was not turned!

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    If technology is available to make decisions full proof then its wise to take advantage of it. I support UDRS if it is correct, and it is time for India also to accept UDRS.

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 24, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Why is everyone licking BCCI's boots? ICC rule clearly states that it's up to the host team to decide on UDRS. We saw SL giving up in spite of being the host and being so much inclined to use it. And now why should SA even bother to convince BCCI when it is the host country? C'mon Gerald be a man! Btw, this is coming from an Indian! Why is ICC keeping mum on such blatant issues?

  • on October 24, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I think broadcasters should just suck it up and get Hot Spot for all major series. I know its expensive and there aren't that many cameras in the world for that, but are you seriously telling me that they can't make more of those if the price is right? Broadcasters are charging absolutely atrocious amounts from advertisers for these events (as seen by their willingness to fork out incredible amounts to cricket boards for exclusive rights). I'm sure they can afford HotSpot if they wanted to.

    If nothing else, then bring back the Snicko! It was such a cool thing in the late 90s. I think Snicko + HotSpot + Hawkeye (for LBW) is pretty much the only thing we need for any umpiring decision.

    Which begs the question-- why do they have Super Slo-Mo for those exquisite cover drives and stuff, but not where it matters-- on the crease for run-out decisions and stuff. I think it is pretty self-evident that thats one place where you will always need it more than anywhere else.

  • Arthaurian on October 24, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    All hail the mighty BCCI.

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  • Arthaurian on October 24, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    All hail the mighty BCCI.

  • on October 24, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    I think broadcasters should just suck it up and get Hot Spot for all major series. I know its expensive and there aren't that many cameras in the world for that, but are you seriously telling me that they can't make more of those if the price is right? Broadcasters are charging absolutely atrocious amounts from advertisers for these events (as seen by their willingness to fork out incredible amounts to cricket boards for exclusive rights). I'm sure they can afford HotSpot if they wanted to.

    If nothing else, then bring back the Snicko! It was such a cool thing in the late 90s. I think Snicko + HotSpot + Hawkeye (for LBW) is pretty much the only thing we need for any umpiring decision.

    Which begs the question-- why do they have Super Slo-Mo for those exquisite cover drives and stuff, but not where it matters-- on the crease for run-out decisions and stuff. I think it is pretty self-evident that thats one place where you will always need it more than anywhere else.

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 24, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Why is everyone licking BCCI's boots? ICC rule clearly states that it's up to the host team to decide on UDRS. We saw SL giving up in spite of being the host and being so much inclined to use it. And now why should SA even bother to convince BCCI when it is the host country? C'mon Gerald be a man! Btw, this is coming from an Indian! Why is ICC keeping mum on such blatant issues?

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    If technology is available to make decisions full proof then its wise to take advantage of it. I support UDRS if it is correct, and it is time for India also to accept UDRS.

  • MasterClass on October 24, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    If BCCI is successful in getting HotSpot in all UDRS games then they will have performed a great service to test cricket and fans, because it will make the UDRS error proof. But ICC also needs to make sure that umpires are well trained in the technology, so we don't get glaring gaffs like what happened in recent SA/Eng tour where mike volume was not turned!

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    India is now the no. 1 test team in the world and they should not back away from UDRS or any new challenges that come in their way. UDRS will be implemented for sure in the future. They just need to plan on which all scenarios/situations they should go for it. Since almost all major domestic tournaments are now covered by channels, BCCI should use it for major domestic tournaments as well.

  • jessjess on October 24, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    UDRS!! they must use it!!!!!!

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I believe that Cricket South Africa should stick to their guns on the UDRS, since they are the hosts and have every right to enforce it on Cricket India!! I can say it's only fair enough - India just have to contend with it while on tour to other countries!!

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Firstly as a CRICKET FAN m desperately lukng frwrd fr improvement in the UMPIRE DECISIONS although they r currently about 95% right bt still nt 100%which r never the ness a factor in deciding the result of a Game so still a lot f room fr improvement is there bt what i feel is that HOT SPOT & ULTRA SLOW MOTION with HAWK EYE & CLEAR STUMP MIKE r rather more accurate in terms of the UMPIRING DECISIONS than BALL TRACKING TECHNOLOGY which s currently used in all countries except INDIA.So that's why SACHIN TENDULKAR, BCCI & INDIAN TEAM MANAGEMENT r nt liking this at all..As far as INDIA's tour to SRI-LANKA 2008 s concerned, there official broadcasters hd used VIRTUAL EYE fr predicting whether BALL WILL HIT THE STUMPS or NOT after it go past BATSMAN so there remains much doubt in 3rd UMPIRE's mind that whether he should turn down the decision of feild umpire or agree with him, bt nw HAWK EYE is available so it cn b preety interesting to see if broadcasters will use HOT-SPOT CAMERAS fr UDRS...

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    It will be interesting few weeks to see if SA actually uses its "host" position to have UDRS in the series against India. All fine now with time in hand; lets see when the series begins; who gets their wish.. LOL