Smith calls for consistency in umpire decision review

2010-12-30 00:00

THE Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) — or lack of it — was a talking point in the aftermath of yesterday’s final day of the second Test between the Proteas and India at Kingsmead.

India won the match by 87 runs, but two of the wickets lost on the final day were due to contentious decisions.

AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher were given out by decisions that would have been altered had the UDRS been in use.

The option to use the system was open to both sides, but India declined.

It had been thought the decision to use the system needed to be by mutual agreement, but it is now understood that it is at the discretion of the host team.

Cricket South Africa apparently chose to respect the Indians’ reluctance to use a system designed to iron out glaring errors.

As it happened, the Proteas suffered most from this, with Dale Steyn missing out on a crucial leg-before decision against Zaheer Khan during a vital stage of the Indian second innings.

Yesterday’s double-barrelled howlers against De Villiers and Boucher went a long way to deciding the contest.

Skipper Graeme Smith said the International Cricket Council (ICC) need to toughen their stance on the matter. “I don’t think they should leave it to individual cricket boards to decide. The ICC needs to make a decision for every series, otherwise we will not really get the full benefit of the system.”

The ICC has not made the UDRS compulsory in all matches due to the expense of the technology, but the inconsistent use of it by teams is a bone of contention.

“I don’t think it’s right when you use it for one series, then don’t use it for the next few series’,” Smith ad­ded.

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