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by Sunglass (U5771993) 17 June 2008
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Umpire review system to be trialled in Sri Lanka-India Tests
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Great news from cricinfo. Similar to what we have in Wimbledon now, this will allow justice to be done when a player is sure that he is not out and has been given a horrendous decision. Or in the case of a bowler, or keeper/fielder being sure that a batsman should have been given out, there will be one more thorough review before the final decision is given. It is especially heartening that it's being introduced into test cricket whose results matter most. I can only see this doing a lot of good and taking away a lot of heartache and disappointment for the fans contemplating what would have been, had the decsion been correct. For me happiness comes in different ways - one when my team wins, two when my team loses and I know that the decisons were all correct the reason why we lost is because we deserved to lose.

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comment by Ayush (U10782436)

posted Jun 17, 2008

A very welcome decision. Hopefully it'll be a success.Though there may be concerns,but if we do not improve the game it will die out.
Goodluck to ICC for that.

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posted Jun 17, 2008

I really don't see the point of this. If they can only refer decisions that are the ones that are normally referred anyway (run outs, stumpings etc) then its most likely the umpire would have referred it to the third umpire anyway, meaning no point challenging the decision because the third umpire wouldve made it anyway.

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comment by ukdomi (U839035)

posted Jun 17, 2008

no the article means that's what happens already; what will be implemented is being able to challenge all decisions like in the FP trophy last year.

It's a really good step, since none of the marginal decisions like lbws on height will be overruled, but things like obvious inside-edges onto the pad for lbws or when the ball has pitched outside leg stump will be reversed; things that happen in a fraction of a second and umpires, no matter how good, can get wrong

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posted Jun 17, 2008

Good first step. I think in making a decision to appeal Coach should be the one calling the decision from the sidelines as he will have the opprtunity to see the replay on TV.

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posted Jun 17, 2008

It is great to see that common sense is beginning to make fleeting appearances in the ICC decision making process.

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posted Jun 17, 2008

I think its questioning the credibility of the umpire’s decision. This would create a negative impact on the umpire’s. whats the point of having field umpires???? just get rid of them toooo.....

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posted Jun 17, 2008

I think three per innings is too much.

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posted Jun 18, 2008

NasirRasheed,
How can the coach call for a referral after seeing the replays? By then the next ball would have been bowled. One has to appeal when a decision is made and obviously before the next ball is bowled.

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comment by kam (U9463805)

posted Jun 18, 2008

This seems to have been thought through, both batsmen and captains can refer appeals but are restricted after 3 unsuccessful appeals, so they will need to consider the appeals and not make frivolous ones. A good example of an appeal would be if the batsmen is given out caught behind and he knows he hasn't nicked it then his appeal is likely to be upheld also if LBW is given and the batsmen knows he has knicked the ball onto his pads then again it could be upheld. The captain of the fielding side has the same rules to apply in favour of his bowlers eg if the wicket keeper is certain the batsmen has knicked the ball and the umpire gives it not out then a appeal could be upheld.
Lbw appeals for the bowling side may cause some issues however these trials need to be conducted over a period of time. I certainly hope this is not shelved after just one series.
It gives the chance to take some of the bad and controversial decisons out of the game and hopefully return to a more sporting attitude. Furthermore it can reduce the high levels of pressure on umpires,lets not forget the recent series between India & Austrailia when Steve Bucknor was replaced following a series of errors.
I am sure there will be teething issues and the cynics will come out in their droves but give it time and it is bound to work, just like the run out decisions that work very well.

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posted Jun 18, 2008

Sertis,
Agree with you. I don't think captains are likely to use the appeals for lbw appeals ruled 'not out'. There would be less chance of the decision being changed in that case. But for the other instances you mentioned, which are usually the ones where all the howlers are made, it can really help. I think using TV replays for run outs are the best thing that happened to cricket in 100 years!

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