Gilchirst hits out at DRS

Says India’s reluctance to support the system is justified in the wake of blunders made in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

The  first Ashes Test was full of umpiring controversies and highlighted how just four men  — Pakistan’s Aleem Dar, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, South Africa’s Marais Erasmus and New Zealand’s Tony Hill — are eligible to control England-Australia matches.

Erasmus, who was the third umpire for the first Test and will stand on the field in the second, and Dar, who will sit out at Lord’s, were under fire for some botched up decisions.

But former Australian stumper Adam Gilchrist has instead trained his guns on the Decision Review System (DRS), not the umpires.

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“ I think the game is poorer for its [DRS] inclusion,” Gilchrist told the website ESPNCricinfo. com. “The spontaneity and drama, the magic and intrigue that Test cricket always possessed has been lost. The reality and finality of seeing the umpire’s finger raised has been erased, because everyone now looks to the batsman or fielding captain to see their response.”

Gilchrist said he disliked that the players could now question an umpire’s call.

“I understand the proposed benefits of technology eradicating umpiring errors but this Test match, which was full of wonderful technique and skill and fight, showed quite glaringly that the errors are still occurring. I have always found it a frustration that under the DRS a player can question an umpire’s decision,” he said.

“One of the strongest elements of the spirit of any sport is not questioning the umpires or referees. We now have a situation where players can do that, albeit limited times. That doesn’t sit comfortably with me. Yes, technology is here, but perhaps a Test match like this has gone a long way to indicate that the umpires need to have full control as to when a decision is reviewed, rather than the players.”

Surprisingly, Gilchrist also sided with the Indian cricket board’s much maligned anti-DRS stance.

“For the first time, I’m starting to understand India’s reluctance to go with the system. It’s not a remedy that seems to have cured the problem. In fact, it may even have become more of a problem,” he said.


Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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