New Delhi: The mixed reaction it has evoked notwithstanding, the ICC says the Decision Review System (DRS) is here to stay as it has not just reduced umpiring errors but has also improved players’ on-field behaviour.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said umpiring errors have come down to as low as one to two per cent since the system’s introduction.
“The fundamental of the review system has been to try and improve the correct decisions that are being made by the umpires and this is an aid for the umpires, it does not replace the umpires,” Lorgat explained
“It supports making the correct decision and the fundamental of this system is to ensure that we don’t have absolute errors in umpiring decisions,” he said.
Asked whether the system would undermine the on-field officials, Lorgat said as players become more familiar with the system, frivolous appeals against umpires’ decisions would come down.
“I believe players would begin to realise that this should be used when there is a poor decision, not something marginal. Not in cases where they will say, let’s see if we can get away with it,” he said.
DRS has been criticised by some prominent international stars like West Indies captain Chris Gayle and legendary umpire Dickie Bird. The critics of the system have argued that DRS add to the pressure on the umpires.
Lorgat, however, denied recent reports that English umpire Mark Benson retired after feeling humiliated at being overruled by the system during an Australia-West Indies match.
“I can tell you it’s not true. All the umpires have responded to us very positively.
“A lot of them, including Mark Benson, have felt that they are better going to sleep at night knowing that they have made the right decision.” — PTI