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

Hafeez wants DRS in all series

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Galle

June 25, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez shake hands, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, June 25, 2012
Mohammad Hafeez (right) was pleased with Pakistan's performance in the second innings © AFP
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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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by drnaveed 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 ?

Posted by drnaveed 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 ?.

Posted by Sports4Youth 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by likeintcricket 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.

Posted by SriLa72 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.

Posted by   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 !

Posted by rumyfala 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by azhar_hassan on (June 26, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@moncho I am afraid you are relating two separate issues. Pak batting is weak and can be fixed by better application, preparation and team selection. Whereas bad umpiring can be made better through DRS. Both are separate issues. Getting DRS is for improving the standard of umpiring decisions and is independent of whether or not the batting is good or bad.

Posted by moncho on (June 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

DRS will not help in any form untill nd unless the pak batsmen start scoring, 100 all out come on man,its a matter of joke

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

I dont undestand why ICC cant use DRS method for all international Test Match, we hvae seen many dicition wrong to both team. I requvesting ICC to use DRS system. I congraz to all Sri Lankan ( Zameel Hameed - Sri Lanka)

Posted by Charindra on (June 26, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

I'm Sri Lankan, but honestly the umpiring was pretty poor. Brought back memories of those tests in the 1980s in Pakistan and New Zealand.

Posted by Roshini on (June 26, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

@Balumekka - Thumbs up!

Posted by ilyas on (June 26, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Hafeez needs to focus more on his own batting than worrying about things outside his control. This guy has been around for about 10 years on the international scene and it is clear that he will never be a batsman of international class unless he is playing against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh!! Is the Pakistan batting cupboard so bare that we have to persist with a guy who will get you a good looking 20 and no more?!! As for DRS we all know why the BCCI do not want it - they are obsessed with batting and batting records and know that the introduction of DRS will reduce the amount of runs India score and as India have no real quality bowlers it will impact adversely on their match results!

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (June 26, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

@Sujay Kumar Humans have built Rockets and missiles based on the prediction of projectile path. Hawk is not a big thing in science. Yes, you can argue that it is not 100% accurate but their is a very solid counter argument i.e. No technology in the world is 100% secure. Should we not use the cars and go 100 miles on foot because car travel is not 100% secure?. If something is making 90% improvement then we should adopt it because of 90% improvement not ban it due to 10% "chance" of wrong decisions.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

"As against other sports such as tennis and football DRS in Cricket involves prediction, i.e., what the ball is going to do as against what it has done. So in my view astrology is as good as hawk-eye." - Sanjay Kumar, i don't think the umpires have that foresight into where the ball will eventually end up either, they are relying on instincts and their eye sight. Would you rather have that or technology to assist in making sure that the decisions taken by the umpires are correct. Its about reducing the errors made by the umpires, can you produce an umpire that is 100 % error free ? how can you expect the technology to be 100 % error free ? Its an assistive tool, for e.g you are walking in straight line, had someone drawn a straight line in front of you wouldn't that make it easier for you ? if there is doubt from the tools its sent back to the umpire to make the final call anyways. I dont know what the whole fuss is about, except for the huge cost involved.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

yeah drs,is in great need!!!!!!!1

Posted by Balumekka on (June 26, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Two big thumbs up from a Sri Lankan fan to all Pakistani players and fans, for the spirit shown despite of umpiring flaws !

Posted by khurramsch on (June 26, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

this test was a good example for icc to do something. 2 experienced umpires 4m elite pannel gave about 16 wrong decisions, (though pak got about 11 & SL got 5 ) but regradless of sides 16 in 4 days isnt too much? i think they should allow DRS with what ever technology available. in this most of wrong were pretty simple ones by simple camera replay. so rviews should be allowed in what ever technology. BCCI has problem with technology not Reviews. 2) or give 3rd umpire more powers & use 3rd umpires more. 3) a ranking system for umpires & bad decisions should result in deduction of points & remove from elite pannel after a limit. because these 2 wil stand in next match again as experienced elite pannel umpires again.there should b some penalties for umpires.

Posted by bobmartin on (June 26, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

@EnglishCricket.. Currently use of DRS has to be agreed by both sides. So if one side doesn't agree, then it is not used. How fair is that. Let's look at this logically. The use of the DRS when it is available is optional. It is the players' choice, within the limitation of the number of referrals a side can make, whether or not to use it, and it is only the player/s who initiate a referral. Surely then if it was available at all matches, those sides that want to use it can, and those want to rely on the umpires' decisions can. So let's make the availability mandatory and its use optional.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

As against other sports such as tennis and football DRS in Cricket involves prediction, i.e., what the ball is going to do as against what it has done. So in my view astrology is as good as hawk-eye.

Posted by Mr.Khb on (June 26, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

A game shoudn't be decide by the umpiring errors. When a wrong decision was given and when theres no DRS, it puts pressure not only on players but also on umpires. I dont know why BCCI doesn't agree to this.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 26, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

It is a SL-Pak series and those board have to take decision. It seems like BCCI ruling all these boards which are not interested in the

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

I think replace Taufeeq Omar with Imran Farhat, as he has shown form in the last ODI. Ayub deserive a 2nd chance. Don't know Misbah will replace whom ?

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

I think bring in Imran Farhat in place of Taufeeq Omar, as he has shown form in 1 ODI. Ayub deserve a 2nd chance. Dont know Misbah will replace whom ?

Posted by Stumpbreaker on (June 26, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

yeah if both countries agree on using it.. whos stopping them... why include BCCI in this debate... they shud rather shell out the green dollars and get the technology asap.

Posted by agent001 on (June 26, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

The number of wrong decisions given by umpire Davis as well as the number of no decisions given by umpire Gould warrants the DRS system. Most of them went in favor of the SL who had a very unsportsmanlike attitude by putting pressure on the umpires, appealing for any thing they caught of the pads or thighs and went into immediate celebratory mode for a fake " caught". The WKeeper was the worst offender.

Posted by Stumpbreaker on (June 26, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Oh yes... only if they can afford it.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

@EnglishCricket: Even the bilateral agreement that both sides should want DRS is spoiling the game! Last summer in Australia, we couldn't use DRS simply because the Indians didn't want it and they made the 1st test a pretty close affair thanks to a slew of umpiring mistakes on the very first day! Even in the CB series, despite both Aus and SL wanting DRS we couldn't have it. Dan Christian however managed to snatch a hat-trick thanks to the absence of DRS. The cold truth is the number of correct decisions has increased. Cold logic unanimously implies that DRS has to be mandatory for every int'l game.

Posted by Vernacular_Press on (June 26, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

@ SriLa72... I dont understand why BCCI is pointed. Its upto SL and PAK boards to choose whether to have it or not.BCCI does not stop them from using it. I dont think they can't afford it,but they prefer not to pay for a set of flawed technology.

Posted by Saif_I_Khan on (June 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket: How about one team using DRS even if other doesn't agree. So the team wanting DRS will have the option to review. The board wanting DRS will pay cost or arrange sponsor for this

Posted by SriLa72 on (June 25, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

"A big thumbs up to my team for the spirit and character they showed. It was tough out there, their conduct was pleasing," ... I agree and well said. I'm a SL fan and I feel for PAK fans. It is disappointing when bad umpiring decisions ruin games. I thought they fought back and did well in the second innings. This is a case and point to bring in some form of DRS into every series. It is costly. But ICC needs to do something with this regard so that cricket boards of all countries can afford. They should not let BCCI dictate terms on DRS. If everyone want's it, I guess they will have to accept it. At the end of the day SL team played better cricket in this game. Lets move on to the next game.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 25, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

The 'Technology' debate again here we go and the interesting thing is that not only its being debated in Cricket but also in many other Sports such as Football with goal line technology and to be honest, Cricket teams should have the option to use these DRS but I wouldn't classify it as mandatory because some teams like it and some teams don't so we have to be fair. If both boards agree then no problem and if there is disagreement then you can't simple as that. But for Test Cricket, I would increase DRS to 3 per innings instead of 2 because its a long game and in ODIs maximum of 2 and 0 in T20s.

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