Umpiring and technology

Questions of how the use of technology sits beside umpires have sprung to life frequently since the late 20th century. The advent of the DRS in 2008 was controversial at the start, but a decade on, most had accepted it was there to stay. Increasingly the rules of the game have been tweaked to allow for referrals to the third umpire on matters that were previously the purview of the on-field officials.


How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again
How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again

The pandemic showed us what we stood to lose, but it also gave us greater perspective on the issues that really matter

England v Pakistan stoppages: Cricket still in the dark ages over issue of bad light
England v Pakistan stoppages: Cricket still in the dark ages over issue of bad light

The ICC cites the issue of safety without appreciating that the world has changed

It's time the DRS got an overhaul
It's time the DRS got an overhaul

Umpiring decisions should be taken out of players' hands and should not be part of cricket's tactical battles

Rope for reviews
Rope for reviews

The system may have thrown up more questions than foreseen but it deserves a fair go

Umpire Benson calls for HotSpot in review system
Umpire Benson calls for HotSpot in review system

Umpire Mark Benson has suggested HotSpot be used for the review system

Review system is a blessing for bowlers - Bayliss
Review system is a blessing for bowlers - Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss has said the review system has been effective in giving the bowlers some respite in a batsman-dominated game

Trial Playing Condition - Review of Umpiring Decisions
Trial Playing Condition - Review of Umpiring Decisions

The ICC guidelines on the review of umpiring decisions in Tests

Too close to call
Too close to call

Players will be able to contest the on-field umpire's decision in the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo. A few reactions to the increased use of technology

We welcome referral system - Kumble
We welcome referral system - Kumble

The two main topics of conversation before the first Test was the to-be trialled umpiring referral system, and Ajantha Mendis, the unorthodox spinner who is in line to make his debut

A leap of faith in technology
A leap of faith in technology

Cricket is about to take a leap of faith in technology with the trial of a system that allows players to challenge the decision of the on-field umpires

Bugs in the system
Bugs in the system

A few questions emerged on the day when for the first time a player challenged the umpire's decision

'Review will eradicate obvious errors' - Richardson
'Review will eradicate obvious errors' - Richardson

Terming the new umpire referral system a 'review process' as opposed to a challenge process, Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager, was confident it would work well on a long-term basis with plenty of room for improvement