Kallis dismissal: ‘umpire was within rights’

2013-02-15 20:24

Giving Jacques Kallis out was within the umpire’s rights, Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee said following the controversy surrounding Kallis’ dismissal on day two of the second Test in Cape Town.

Moosajee said clarity could only be sought from the umpires or the match referee. Kallis was given out leg before wicket after Saeed Ajmal had appealed for bat-pad catch.

“There is a code of conduct and there are rules which we all have to abide by and all we did was to seek clarity from the umpire, which we were happy with. If the umpire has given the batsman out and the appeal is for something else, it’s within the umpire’s right to give the batsman out,” Moosajee said.

“We are all governed by the DRS (Decision Review System) code of conduct but the third umpire is well within his rights, according to the regulations, that if the appeal was for caught or bat pad and the umpire felt that the batsman didn’t touch it and is given out LBW, it is well within the rules.”

Moosajee further said he could not comment on what Kallis said to umpire Steve Davis after his dismissal because it would raise a DRS issue which they are not allowed to comment on.

He added that Morne Morkel, who came off with a tight hamstring, will be able to bowl in the second innings.

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said he was always a supporter of DRS and said he knew the frustration of playing in a series without DRS.

“My understanding is that when a decision is referred to the TV umpire, whatever he sees he can overrule and make his own decision. It was very similar to the Younus Khan one,” Whatmore said.

“Batsmen also have little nicks on the pad for LBW and we fell foul of them too six months ago but they also help the batsmen overcome potential wrong decisions with DRS. It’s not all one way.”

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