Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day June 24, 2012

Whatmore upset by DRS absence

The mounting umpiring errors, several of which hurt Pakistan, prompted their coach Dav Whatmore to question why the DRS was not in place for this series
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At the end of the third day of the Galle Test, the mounting umpiring errors, several of which hurt Pakistan, prompted their coach Dav Whatmore to question why the Decision Review System (DRS) was not in place for this series, when it had been for Sri Lanka's home Tests against England earlier this year. Whatmore added his voice to the growing chorus that DRS should be uniformly implemented across all series.

To examine the inconsistent implementation of technology, you only need to go back to March and April, when England toured Sri Lanka. The two Tests had the DRS without Hot Spot, but Snickometer was available to help detect an edge. The cost of Hot Spot cameras was beyond the cash-strapped Sri Lankan board. Pakistan's ongoing tour, however, is without DRS in any form.

"I think the home board [Sri Lanka Cricket] had it against England? Why aren't we having it here?" Whatmore asked. "It doesn't seem right to me where you have it for one series and not for the other. It's difficult to understand.

"What is more important is that the DRS should be made mandatory for every series. That will go a long way into fixing a lot of things."

Pakistan's struggle in Galle - they are 474 away from victory with seven wickets left - is a story of many layers. Their collapse for 100 in the first innings was because of a combination of poor application from the batsmen and equally poor decision-making by the umpires, Ian Gould and Steve Davis. The contentious issues involved several undetected inside edges.

Whatmore chose not to comment on the quality of umpiring but said his complaints would be made through official channels. "There will be a bit to say, but I cannot make a public comment. We have ways of communicating with those who matter."

There were several examples to illustrate his point. Saeed Ajmal cut a forlorn figure when Tillakaratne Dilshan steered him to the third-man boundary in Sri Lanka's second innings, their lead swelling past 400. Ajmal's expressions, in joy and sorrow, are as natural as they come. On this occasion, he kicked the ground in frustration and had to be comforted by his captain Mohammad Hafeez. The issue was not the boundary, but the wicket he was denied the previous ball. Dilshan had attempted to sweep, and the ball had brushed the glove before settling in the wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal's gloves. The umpire failed to spot the edge, though, and not for the first time in the match.

It had begun when Umar Gul's appeal for a catch behind was turned down on the first morning. Tharanga Paranavitana had inside edged the ball on to his pads, after which it lobbed to Akmal. Gul was denied again later on, this time against Mahela Jayawardene. Batting on 21, Jayawardene was hit below the knee roll by a sharp incoming delivery adjacent to leg stump, but was given the benefit of the doubt perhaps on the presumption there was an inside edge. He scored 62.

When Pakistan came out to bat late on the second day, the opener Taufeeq Umar got a questionable lbw decision against Nuwan Kulasekara. He had asked for trouble by not offering a shot, but the ball hit him above the knee roll and was climbing. Ajmal, the night-watchman, played forward to a delivery from Suraj Randiv that climbed, but there was no evidence of it hitting bat before lobbing to short leg.

This morning, another rough decision claimed Pakistan's most senior batsman, Younis Khan, who was desperate to regain his form and confidence, especially in Misbah-ul-Haq's absence. Younis lunged forward against Rangana Herath and played for turn, but the ball straightened and hit the pad in line with the stumps. However, the umpire failed to notice an inside edge and gave him lbw. Pakistan had already been reeling at 48 for 5 overnight and Younis' dismissal ended any ambition of achieving a substantial score.

In Sri Lanka's second innings, Dilshan's reprieve against Ajmal deepened Pakistan's wounds but the batsman was later adjudged lbw to a ball that struck him too high. But when Prasanna Jayawardene also gloved a ball from Ajmal on to his pads and was caught behind, but the umpire was unmoved. Sri Lanka had another bad decision going their way, when Kulasekara batted, but it didn't matter.

The odd howler is pardonable, but when there are so many errors in three days it is cause for concern. And while it isn't fair to blame the umpiring alone for Pakistan's struggle - they failed to read Kulasekara's movement and Herath's spin - it's possible that the rough decisions affected their morale.

The ICC, during its annual conference in Kuala Lumpur this week, will decide on their cricket committee's recommendation that the DRS be universally applied. This series is timely evidence.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 25, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    whatmore is right worst umpiring ever i have seen ! very poor there must be mandatory DRS for every oneday and test

  • on June 25, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Seems to be one of the worst tests in terms of umpiring standards. They seem to have outdone even the infamous Sydney test by quite a margin.

  • S.Jagernath on June 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka definitely got a good deal.Younis Khan seemed to be on track for an innings for the ages but Sri Lanka got their way again.

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on June 25, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    It is really quite simple. DRS results in many more correct decisions. Use it wherever possible. What are the BCCI afraid of?

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    poor umpiring 16 wrong (11 vs pak - 5 vs SL) in 4 days. But SL played well. & very poor batting by pakistan in 1st inings.& top order in 2nd again.positives junaid got some rythem in 2nd with asad,younas, akmal doing some batting. problm hafez out of form badly.toufeq played after 4 months last played vs Eng but also failed there. over all its 1st inings batting display. Abut umpiring DRS should b used or even reviews for simple ones with simple replay or 3rd umpire to allow overturn simple ones, scrutiny of umpires also required.a ranking system perhaps. as these 2 were experienced ellite pannel umpires & missed pretty simple ones.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    very bad umpiring put DRS in system for remaining games younis today was again not out

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    if he had a problem he should have reaised it before the series started. This was agreed and both teams have to abide by it. This very unportsman like and unpreofessional behaviour.

  • WPDDESILVA on June 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Don't shout at SL Mr Whatmore - India completely ruled out DRS even with Money!! If it's going to be implemented across all Tests first talk to India what they have to say about it.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    looks as if the umpires had no eyes on the edges of the bats...they just gave out on assumptions. A cricket fan feels very sad when cricket is ruined by bad umpiring. DRS would be a good solution but the best solution is to deduct points from umpires on the base of every bad decision.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Umpiring errors are to be avoided in a cricket match. But the implementation of DRS wouldn't help in totally eliminating the errors. For instance if the team makes use of both the DRS attempts in an innings and then there is a wrong decision which cannot be stopped. This results in wrong umpiring decision even when DRS is available.

    I hope ICC needs to look into this seriously and then consider revamping the whole review system. ICC should also make hot spot an integral part of the DRS system and should work with all cricket boards to implement the hot spot technology.

    I think there shouldn't be a limit for number of the attempts to use the DRS in an innings for both the batting and bowling side.

  • on June 25, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    whatmore is right worst umpiring ever i have seen ! very poor there must be mandatory DRS for every oneday and test

  • on June 25, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Seems to be one of the worst tests in terms of umpiring standards. They seem to have outdone even the infamous Sydney test by quite a margin.

  • S.Jagernath on June 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka definitely got a good deal.Younis Khan seemed to be on track for an innings for the ages but Sri Lanka got their way again.

  • TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on June 25, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    It is really quite simple. DRS results in many more correct decisions. Use it wherever possible. What are the BCCI afraid of?

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    poor umpiring 16 wrong (11 vs pak - 5 vs SL) in 4 days. But SL played well. & very poor batting by pakistan in 1st inings.& top order in 2nd again.positives junaid got some rythem in 2nd with asad,younas, akmal doing some batting. problm hafez out of form badly.toufeq played after 4 months last played vs Eng but also failed there. over all its 1st inings batting display. Abut umpiring DRS should b used or even reviews for simple ones with simple replay or 3rd umpire to allow overturn simple ones, scrutiny of umpires also required.a ranking system perhaps. as these 2 were experienced ellite pannel umpires & missed pretty simple ones.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    very bad umpiring put DRS in system for remaining games younis today was again not out

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    if he had a problem he should have reaised it before the series started. This was agreed and both teams have to abide by it. This very unportsman like and unpreofessional behaviour.

  • WPDDESILVA on June 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Don't shout at SL Mr Whatmore - India completely ruled out DRS even with Money!! If it's going to be implemented across all Tests first talk to India what they have to say about it.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    looks as if the umpires had no eyes on the edges of the bats...they just gave out on assumptions. A cricket fan feels very sad when cricket is ruined by bad umpiring. DRS would be a good solution but the best solution is to deduct points from umpires on the base of every bad decision.

  • on June 25, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Umpiring errors are to be avoided in a cricket match. But the implementation of DRS wouldn't help in totally eliminating the errors. For instance if the team makes use of both the DRS attempts in an innings and then there is a wrong decision which cannot be stopped. This results in wrong umpiring decision even when DRS is available.

    I hope ICC needs to look into this seriously and then consider revamping the whole review system. ICC should also make hot spot an integral part of the DRS system and should work with all cricket boards to implement the hot spot technology.

    I think there shouldn't be a limit for number of the attempts to use the DRS in an innings for both the batting and bowling side.

  • mazii on June 25, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Thanks to dozens umpiring blunders, SriLanka able to beat Pakistan in their backyard. I think, with the stubbornness of BCCI, SriLankan board has also decided against the implementation of DRS. A win is a Win, however, full credit to Srilankan and to umpires.

  • on June 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    ICC should levy all countries and pay for the technology themselves. Or is it worried that BCCI will not pay their share.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 25, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @DHUSAN , I THINK THE REASON FOR NOT USE OF DRS IN THIS SERIES IS THAT SL CRICKET BOARD DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR DRS FACILITY . BLAMING EVERYTHING ON BCCI HAS BECAME A HABIT OF SOME PEOPLE .

  • on June 25, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    To save TEST Cricket, DRS should be compulsory. The cost of DRS should be born by ICC (From money and revenues generated from T20 leagues and international matches). Because test cricket is true cricket. T20's are just business and dramas.......

  • rahulcricket007 on June 25, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    IS IT ME OR EVERY OTHER WHO THINKS THAT ENGLISH UMPIRES PERFORMANCE IN SUBCONTINENT IS ALSO POOR LIKE THEIR CRICKET TEAM .

  • KosalaDeSilva on June 25, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    What a noise?? Terrible . Terrible

    I'm a Sri Lankan and it's terrible those people use making huge noise in the ground. Can't understand why they let them do that... That's something they should stop sooner than later.. I already watch TV without commentary as cant hear it with that noise.

  • on June 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    so frustrating to watch bad umpiring!! i mean do they sleep on the pitch or what??? ridiculous!!!! DRS should be the law, it needs some work, but, as things stand it is the best assistant to the umpire....if India dont want it, it shouldnt stop the proceedingd of technology, and since India are so against it then they should never use it, however any side playing India should have the option to us DRS or not!

  • satish619chandar on June 25, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    One of the worst ever game from the umpiring point of view.. DRS is really a solution for this but certainly not with the half baked technology.. Just having replays and pitch map would have eliminated more than 90% of the howlers.. Have replays alone along with pitch map and if you don't get a conclusive evidence to overturn the decision, stick with the umpire's one.. Have a clear rules and maintain them same for all teams.. Inconsistency is one of main hindrance in acceptance of DRS by all boards.. Test DRS in some domestic games(With replay and pitch map, it is not going to cost much) and frame rules clearly before using it at the intl games..

  • satish619chandar on June 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Dhushan : Do you really think BCCI can stop SL from using DRS? Actually, BCCI would be glad with others using DRS more as it will create more chaos and havoc and make others realise that the available technology is not good enough to have a level playing field for both the involved nations.. The "Blame BCCI for everything" is getting too bored these days..

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 25, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Most richest cricket board, Indian board is always against to it. Mr Whatmore, please get first Indian Board Support.

  • Baundele on June 25, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    DRS must be used and without the 'going with the umpire's call' clause. Not using the technology because it is only 99% right is like walking long distance when you have a car at your disposal, fearing that the car might have occasional accident.

  • sabee66 on June 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Srilanka , a great team but playing with 13 players...........lol, including two umpires reminds me of Rana sawami and other indian umpiring....lol this is a useless series which is no benifit for cricket Pakistan should leave it and go back and play in UK or AUS rather than loosing on this dead tracks with no DRS

  • Dhushan on June 25, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    SLC has no money to spend on DRS & at the moment they're more interested in getting the SLPL organised. It's utterly disappointing but that's who & how they are. If the ICC had already made DRS compulsory, without grovelling at the BCCI's feet & letting BCCI dictate terms, SLC would have had no choice but to HAVE DRS in this series. The blame must be shared by SLC & ICC. You have seen other series where there was DRS but the umpires were not so horrible. These 2 umpires are absolutely pathetic!

  • khurramsch on June 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    12 wrong decisions ( 9 vs pak 3 vs SL ) in just 3 days very poor & it makes more poor when they came from 2 very experienced elite panel umpires. Icc should take notice to this. & yes agree if SL has it for england home series why not for here? ok if technology is expensive, they could still allow reviews as in this match most of decsions can be rectify by simple replay. or icc should allow 3rd umpire to overturn simple once by simple replays on spot. you want on time finish or right decision? & there should b a ranking system for umpires , each bad decision to minus some points & after certain limit remove them from elite pannel.

  • on June 25, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Umpire made for cricket or cricket made for umpire ???????? ICC..?

  • A_S_M on June 25, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Please also consider imposing some sort of check (a fine or a ban or similar) on the umpires if the percentage of their wrong decisions exceeds a given figure (e.g. 20% or whatever!).

  • screamingeagle on June 25, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Much as I dislike DRS, this test was awful. Begs the question though, What would have happened if India was at the receiving end? I can assure you that things would have been way different. I am an Indian supporter, but one has to put things in perspective.

  • mngc1 on June 25, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Happy_AusBang. Dar and Rouf were the umpires who made the 5 wrong calls in the 2nd test England vs WI so they are no better. Those decisions were overturned using technology. A human standing in the sun for several hours can never be as accurate. The human eye processes frames at 10 - 12 per second. Slow motion cameras operate at frame rates far higher than that and do not tire. The high tech cameras used in the US track trials were reported to take 3,000 frames per second and the result was a dead heat for 3rd place. There is no comparison and the clear choice must be consistent use an interpretation of the technology.

  • on June 25, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    SLC couldn't may have not enough facilities to afford DRS, so they opted for two of the elite umpires instead! so if they are making mistakes its not SLC's problem...

  • jmcilhinney on June 25, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    I'm a fairly staunch proponent of DRS and I would like to see DRS implemented during this and every series. That said, I do feel for the SL board with regards to cost. Given that, not so long ago, their players (I believe) had to go about a year without pay, it doesn't seem right to insist that DRS be a higher priority. I don't necessarily believe that having different DRS implementations in different series is that big a deal. There is already great variation in conditions between series and, in theory, as long as conditions are the same for both teams in a series then it's fair. Given that just one incorrect decision can have huge repercussions for a match though, there's no doubt that Pakistan have been hard done by here. I don't necessarily blame the umpires because I reckon umpiring at this level must be incredibly difficult. We need DRS to help umpires do a good job. We need to get the cost factor sorted though. As for BCCI, if ICC make a decision they can just live with it.

  • on June 25, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Banning a player for slow over rate is not correct. The ICC should punish them with a fine only. It hurts a team very much. A test match is being played with a captain who is not experienced and also who is totally out of form. Without a strong leader, the Team will lack focus and this is exactly what are we seeing now with the Pakistan Team. All are good players but they require a strong leader to lead it from the front. They should have made Younis Khan the Captain instead of Mohd Hafeez and they would have performed better.

    Umpires make mistakes and this is not the only reason for Pakistan's poor show in this test.

    I wish good luck for Pakistan in the next Test. I hope they will recover well.

  • DataQue on June 25, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Pakistan should abandon the game and come home.. Forget about the series & useless umpiring~! Sri Lanka well played!

  • Chanaka on June 25, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    It is indeed a shame that so many bad umpiring decisions have marred the test match. The only thing worse than the pooor umpiring in this match has been the commentaries. How did Ten sports manage to collect the worst commentators for this match. Only Russel Arnold talks sense. The others should read Richie Benaud's book 'On Reflections' in which he says if the commentator cannot add to the picture keep silent. We have eyes and do see what is going on.

  • HotSpotInventor on June 25, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    FYI...Not many people know this, but the ECB paid for the DRS technology during the SL v Eng series 3 months ago....not SLC or the broadcaster. During that series only Hawkeye was used for DRS as we were not able at the time to legally take our Hot Spot cameras to SL.

    Since the England series, we have been granted permission to take our Hot Spot cameras to SL. Seven weeks ago we were asked by the host broadcaster for pricing of the Hot Spot cameras for the current SL v Pak series. After a few weeks deliberation we were informed that there would not be any DRS for the current series. We were not given any reason for this decision. Warren Brennan

  • Nadeem1976 on June 25, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Srilanka did not win a single series after Murli retirement. I believe they want to win this series by not using DRS. Umpiring standard is poor and it is helping Sri lanka to win this series.

    If this the way to win series then pakistan is so unlucky to not have home series at all.

    If Srilanka wanted to win series that badly then they would say openly to Pakistanies that don't come , this series is already won by us. We would happily never tour Sri Lanka.

    So sad to see umpiring decisions like that, we used to have decisions like that in 90's. Wake up ICC.

  • MaxG9 on June 25, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    The time has come for the ICC to make it mandatory to apply all available technology (DRS, hot spot, snicko) across the board for all International series whether test, one day or even T20. More reviews should also be given for tests, say 5 per innings & this can be reduced to 3 for one days & maybe 2 or 1 for T20's. For detractors who say the technology is not perfect, it still is far better than the error rate made by umpires without the guidance of technology. This & past series & even the World Cup proved it by the number of errors or reversals of umpire decisions made. What appears as marginal to the naked eye is sometimes shown as an utter blooper when technology is used. Cost issues can be dealt with certain 'poorer' cricket boards given a subsidy from the ICC, sponsors paying part of the cost & boards paying part. I am a Sri Lankan but these types of errors are simply not acceptable & hurt the image of cricket. I'm not blaming umpires. But when technology can aid, USE IT.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 25, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Mohammad Hafiz and when Misbah comes back. Afaq Rahim should open with Taufeeq. Misbah should replace Asad Shafiq. Drop Gul and Junaid, both and bring in Sami and Aizaz Cheema. Difficult to understand what is the use of 125 kph junaid.

  • on June 25, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    SL Board will be more than happy to provide DRS to every single international match, even 20twenty international, provided ICC bare the cost. At this point, even 50/50 cost sharing is unbearable for the SL board.

    As for the England tour, its a high profile team. sponsors lined up to sponsor the series. I guess no one cared about this series. Not even billionaires in Dubai wanted to sponsor the series.

    If Pakistan work on their PR department and become a high profile team, maybe someone will come forward to sponsor the next series.

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I fully agree with you Whatmore! Surely why cant the Sri Lanka cricket board urgently discuss getting the necessary cameras down and have UDRS in place for the rest of the series? Please do it! We just cant accept these sort of umpiring howlers.

  • LOVEONLYCRICKET on June 25, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    @lankanlioncric - why don't u go and ask SLB not using DRS in this series?Will cricket survive without SLB?

  • Happy_AusBang on June 24, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    I believe, speaking impartially, that Aleem Dar and Asad Rouf would have done far better in this situation. I know that can't happen because their country is playing. With technology now, the need for so called "neutral umpires" is no longer necessary. Umpires are professional these days, and if they make mistake they are found out very quickly. "Neutral umpires" came about at a time when Australian and English umpires used to dominate and emerging teams from other countries felt they were getting a raw deal. Not any more, although, the quality of umpires from Australia and England have certainly dropped sharply.

  • on June 24, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    To me this test match is meaningless even though TEAM PAKISTAN have not played well due to ICC banning Misbah Ul Haq and bad umpiring decisions. It also gives test match cricket a bad name. I have hardly watched this test match as there have been so many blunders by the umpires. If ICC want cricket lovers to continue to watch cricket than there has to be high quality umpiring as well as full use of technology. I hope for the remainder two test matches some effort is made to introduce technology, otherwise the result of the test series to a cricket lover will be irrelevant.

  • mngc1 on June 24, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    The DRS / Hot Spot / Snicko technology has exposed the weakness of the so called "elite umpires". When they got away with bad decisions in the past the technology makes it possible for everyone to see. 12 in this 1st test so far is madness. In the England WI series just concluded there were 10 definite errors, 9 to 1 in England's favour before 8 were overturned with 2 . There were 10 others that stayed as on field decisions in 7 to 3 in England's favour. Only a few of the decisions reviewed showed the umpires were correct. Percentage wise 33-40 % were wrong and 33 - 40 % were "on field decisions". Many of the decisions had direct impact on the eventual match result. These results are clear evidence that the error rate is unacceptably high. Even if the technology is not perfect it is far superior than human judgement. Technology must be implemented to the fullest and uniformly. The "On Field Decision" must be removed immediately. Clipping the stump must either be all out or all not out

  • lankanlioncric on June 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    DRS should be made mandatory , whoever didnt like it, can play their own game. cricket will survive no matter wat. cricket have been surviving for so long n will still survive. cricket needs no ones help to survive.

  • wrenx on June 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Good on Whatmore for not keeping quiet, the umpiring has been atrocious and the Sri Lankan cricket board have done the sport no favours by their selective use of DRS in home series

  • Bilal94 on June 24, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    If this was done against a team with a strong board like BCCI,both umpires would have lost their jobs.PCB should at least request the ICC to not allow Mr.Gould and Mr.Davis to officiate Pakistan;s matches in the future.

  • bobmartin on June 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    It's all down to the ICC's decision to allow the competing boards to decide whether or not to have DRS.. Only one side has to demur and that's it.. The assumption here is that cash strapped Sri Lanka have decided to do without it, therefore it isn't in use. It should be universally adopted or scrapped completely.. To continue in the way that it is is just plain crazy and indeed unfair, both to the players/teams suffering from incorrect decisions and to the umpires themselves..

  • Balumekka on June 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    As a principle, DRS should be universally applied and it should be a mandate. However, with all the respect, the two umpires officiating this match seem to be incapable of umpiring in subcontinent. Umpiring in subcontinent is always difficult with lot of fielders around bat and frequent appeals for bat pads, peg before ect. What I can see is that the skills of umpiring has been drastically deteriorated. Given the fact that these two represent the elite panel, Its better not to have on field umpires at all.

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  • Balumekka on June 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    As a principle, DRS should be universally applied and it should be a mandate. However, with all the respect, the two umpires officiating this match seem to be incapable of umpiring in subcontinent. Umpiring in subcontinent is always difficult with lot of fielders around bat and frequent appeals for bat pads, peg before ect. What I can see is that the skills of umpiring has been drastically deteriorated. Given the fact that these two represent the elite panel, Its better not to have on field umpires at all.

  • bobmartin on June 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    It's all down to the ICC's decision to allow the competing boards to decide whether or not to have DRS.. Only one side has to demur and that's it.. The assumption here is that cash strapped Sri Lanka have decided to do without it, therefore it isn't in use. It should be universally adopted or scrapped completely.. To continue in the way that it is is just plain crazy and indeed unfair, both to the players/teams suffering from incorrect decisions and to the umpires themselves..

  • Bilal94 on June 24, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    If this was done against a team with a strong board like BCCI,both umpires would have lost their jobs.PCB should at least request the ICC to not allow Mr.Gould and Mr.Davis to officiate Pakistan;s matches in the future.

  • wrenx on June 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Good on Whatmore for not keeping quiet, the umpiring has been atrocious and the Sri Lankan cricket board have done the sport no favours by their selective use of DRS in home series

  • lankanlioncric on June 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    DRS should be made mandatory , whoever didnt like it, can play their own game. cricket will survive no matter wat. cricket have been surviving for so long n will still survive. cricket needs no ones help to survive.

  • mngc1 on June 24, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    The DRS / Hot Spot / Snicko technology has exposed the weakness of the so called "elite umpires". When they got away with bad decisions in the past the technology makes it possible for everyone to see. 12 in this 1st test so far is madness. In the England WI series just concluded there were 10 definite errors, 9 to 1 in England's favour before 8 were overturned with 2 . There were 10 others that stayed as on field decisions in 7 to 3 in England's favour. Only a few of the decisions reviewed showed the umpires were correct. Percentage wise 33-40 % were wrong and 33 - 40 % were "on field decisions". Many of the decisions had direct impact on the eventual match result. These results are clear evidence that the error rate is unacceptably high. Even if the technology is not perfect it is far superior than human judgement. Technology must be implemented to the fullest and uniformly. The "On Field Decision" must be removed immediately. Clipping the stump must either be all out or all not out

  • on June 24, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    To me this test match is meaningless even though TEAM PAKISTAN have not played well due to ICC banning Misbah Ul Haq and bad umpiring decisions. It also gives test match cricket a bad name. I have hardly watched this test match as there have been so many blunders by the umpires. If ICC want cricket lovers to continue to watch cricket than there has to be high quality umpiring as well as full use of technology. I hope for the remainder two test matches some effort is made to introduce technology, otherwise the result of the test series to a cricket lover will be irrelevant.

  • Happy_AusBang on June 24, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    I believe, speaking impartially, that Aleem Dar and Asad Rouf would have done far better in this situation. I know that can't happen because their country is playing. With technology now, the need for so called "neutral umpires" is no longer necessary. Umpires are professional these days, and if they make mistake they are found out very quickly. "Neutral umpires" came about at a time when Australian and English umpires used to dominate and emerging teams from other countries felt they were getting a raw deal. Not any more, although, the quality of umpires from Australia and England have certainly dropped sharply.

  • LOVEONLYCRICKET on June 25, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    @lankanlioncric - why don't u go and ask SLB not using DRS in this series?Will cricket survive without SLB?

  • Sinhaya on June 25, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I fully agree with you Whatmore! Surely why cant the Sri Lanka cricket board urgently discuss getting the necessary cameras down and have UDRS in place for the rest of the series? Please do it! We just cant accept these sort of umpiring howlers.