Use it, for umpires’ sakes

2008-08-01 00:00

PETER ROEBUCK welcomes the new referral system of umpiring.

In the past, the umpire’s verdict was accepted because he had the best seat in the house. Moreover, the authority of the umpire was drilled into players before they had chewed their first gum. Nothing is more demeaning than the sight of sportsmen having tantrums. In those days, umpires were a tough lot with long memories. Their word was law and it was best not to cross them. They ran a match much as a Wild West sheriff ran his town. It was not only custom that made cricketers walk, it was also self-interest.

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