Hafeez wants DRS in all series
Mohammad Hafeez, after his maiden Test as Pakistan captain, has supported the ICC's recommendation that the Decision Review System (DRS) should be used for all series. Pakistan were on the receiving end of several poor umpiring decisions during their 209-run defeat in Galle, and they couldn't do anything about it because there was no DRS.
"One thing I want to say is that it is time for the highest authorities to make a decision about the DRS. It should be compulsory for every game," Hafeez said. "I feel as a player, not having the DRS puts a lot of pressure on you and that pressure goes to the umpires."
Hafeez's views were the same as those expressed by his coach Dav Whatmore, who had criticised the selective implementation of technology. Sri Lanka Cricket was unable to use DRS against Pakistan because of the costs involved, but Hafeez said it was time the ICC put its foot down.
"If this technology can improve this game, then why not?," Hafeez said. "The authorities should either go for it [DRS] or not at all."
Hafeez did not use the umpiring errors as an excuse for Pakistan's defeat. He preferred to reflect on the positives, such as the improved batting performance in the second innings. Pakistan had collapsed for 100, conceding a first-innings lead of 372, but Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq made 80s in the second innings and helped them reach 300.
"A big thumbs up to my team for the spirit and character they showed. It was tough out there, their conduct was pleasing," Hafeez said. "I liked the way the boys fought it out on the last day when the conditions were tough. Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal showed great character. These are positive signs for Pakistan going into the next two matches. They spent some time at the crease and that will give us confidence."
He was not pleased with his own form, though, having been dismissed for 20 and 4. "I know my form is not good and I'm working hard at it," he said. "I'm sure that just spending time at the crease will give me more confidence."
Hafeez was standing in for the regular captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was serving a one-Test ban for an over-rate offence in the ODIs. He said Misbah's return for the second Test in Colombo will boost their batting.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo