Pakistan and Sri Lanka plead for DRS
Rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka united Tuesday to demand mandatory
video technology after several umpiring howlers in their first Test,
placing themselves in opposition to India's powerful board.
The Decision Review System (DRS), which uses ball tracking and
thermal imaging to verify umpires' decisions, was recommended for
mandatory use by cricket chiefs Monday, subject to member nations
financing the technology.
But Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said he wanted the
International Cricket Council (ICC) to pay for the technology if
individual boards, such as his own, cannot afford to fund it when they
host touring teams.
“The ICC must take it upon themselves to fund the system for the
boards which cannot afford to, instead of leaving it to them to decide
whether they use it or not,” said Jayawardene.“I have always been a fan
of the DRS. It might not be 100 percent technology, but if we can use it
to get the maximum number of correct decisions, it will help the umpires
as well,” he said.
The ICC's Executive Board will consider a recommendation by its chief
executives' committee to make DRS mandatory at meetings in Kuala Lumpur
over the next two days.
Mohammad Hafeez, captaining Pakistan in Galle in the absence of
Misbah ul-Haq, said the uncertainty about the video referral technology
“One thing I want to say is that it is time for the highest
authorities to make a decision about the DRS,” said Hafeez. “It should
be made compulsory for every game. “I feel as a player, not having the
DRS puts a lot of pressure on you and that pressure goes to the umpires.
If this technology can improve the game, then why not? “The authorities
should either go for it, or not at all.” Former captain and batting
legend Zaheer Abbas blamed Pakistan's defeat on inept batting and the
lack of DRS. AFP