Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day June 25, 2012

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    it was poor decision from the umpire's, but either way Pakistan would of lost. because Pakistan has not improved in their batting and fielding. even our tail ender are scoring better then the openers and middle orders. dav whatmore if you can't find good batsmen the atleast find 3-4 great fieldsmen, who will boost the morale of our ballers.

  • syed naveed on June 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    pak batting is always shaky , they cannot score more than 200 to 250 runs in an innings, so this is not a new developement, they drop catches ,gives extras, this is their way of playing. the new thing this time was the below standard umpiring, where most of the decisions went against pakistan, why drs was not applied in this series,like the previous series of sl against england? why we had to suffer ?

  • syed naveed on June 26, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    poor umpiring cost us this test match. so many decisions went against pakistan. why drs was not implemented by sl in this series , whereas they had it in their previous home series against england. can any one explain reason why ?, why we had to suffer ?.

  • Cricket on June 26, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Professor should forget about DRS & start concentrating on his own batting form, otherwise very soon he will be lost like Shoeb Mallik. Also when will these guys take any decison about Umar Gul. Now it is getting a litle too much. His performance in the last 18 months has been absolutely pathetic. Barring a few matches his bowling has failed very badly. His batting abilities are a myth. His fielding is enough to remove him from the team. Actually i think Tanvir Ahmed whould be a better choice , because in any case Pakistan does not give too many overs to the fast bowlers and Tanvir Ahmed had shown very good batting skills in whatever limited opportunities he got.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @ ilyas... I dont understand how DRS will adversely affect Indian batting... The only reason why BCCI is against it is because we dont want to shell out $10,000 a day for a guessing machine.... Do you know, for a 5 day test match, the cost of implementing this technology is above 50 Lakh pakistani rupee.. and is much more than the match fee of whole pakistani team..

  • Tom on June 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    I don't want to blame Pakistan batting yet. With Misbah in the side they have four very good Test batsman in Azhar, Younis and Shafiq. Hafeez and Taufeeq can play a bit too and I believe Pakistan has a high quality bowling line up. But if a side post 450+ score on a home pitch, that itself creates a lot of pressure. Look at the second inning when Srilankan were struggling and Pakistnis managed 300.

  • Des on June 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @vivekdhayalan_indian_tamilan... yes, I see your point. My point in mentioning BCCI here is looking at the big picture, that we need to have a uniform system across the board so all teams follow the same. In my opinion, either all tournaments (Test & ODI) should have DRS or not. I know this is wishful thinking, but unless we have a uniform system put in place, there's going to be a lot of complaining and finger pointing going on.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    The umpiring was very, very poor in this test but that cannot account for Pakistan's defeat. The way they played, especially batted, they would have lost anyway, may be by a smaller margin. Hafeez and Whatmore should be talking of the Pakistanis' poor show rather than making a hue and cry about other factors but if they continue to whine, Pakistan will do no better in the two remaining tests. What more could I say, Whatmore ? Do more and talk less !

  • Fala on June 26, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Seriously we will never know why BCCI is against the DRS. Anyway the ICC should make it compulsory for all forms of internationals. We know umpires are human and they make mistakes. But it does'nt look like they are learning from their mistakes. We can give them the benefit of the doubt on LBW's. However the mistkes with regard to catches behind the stumps are unexcusable.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    It not SL it the umpires who have won this game. Both Dilshan and Sanga were out in their 1st innings well before they made their centuries. Had they been given out the story would have been entirely different. PAK have suffered both ways. On one hand a number of SL were not given out whereas Pak batsmen were given out when they were not out. This no international match. There should be some penalty for umpires also if they give grossly wrong decisions. They should also be deduction from their fees.

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