India in South Africa 2010-11 October 24, 2010

South Africa in favour of UDRS for India Tests


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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  • Nataraj 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

  • Keith 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Sanjay 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 ??

  • greig 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.

  • Rajaram 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.

  • Par 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.

  • P 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.

  • Sudheer 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..

  • Ambrose 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.

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