Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, was reprimanded for making a DRS ‘T’ signal and asking for a review while captaining New South Wales against Tasmania in a domestic Sheffield Shield match.
The incident occurred on the second day of the game, when a Tasmania batsman was given not out after a New South Wales fielder claimed a low catch in the gully. Michael Clarke, the captain of New South Wales Blues, made the ‘T’ signal at the umpire and asked for a TV referral.
Cricket Australia has amended their code of conduct and has added a law that states the “T” signal as a sign of dissent if a player, even in jest, uses it during domestic cricket where the DRS is not available. Micheal Clarke admitted to his guilt and accepted the match referee Daryl Harper’s penalty of a reprimand.
The DRS has been in all sorts of controversies in the last few years. After the strong stand taken against it by the BCCI, even the Australian Cricket Board has become shy of it because of the incidents that took place during the last Ashes series. However, this is the first time that a player has been pulled up for asking for a referral.