Thursday, June 02, 2011

No UDRS through India-WI series

Posted by Admin On 6:44 PM

The controversial UDRS will not be in place in the sequence between India and the West Indies after the BCCI convinced the hosts against its use. The completion of UDRS in a bilateral series is the privilege of the home Board but the powerful BCCI, which has opposite the system from the onset, has compulsory the West Indies Cricket Board to do away with it in the series, which starts with a T20 International on Saturday.

A WICB spokesperson confirmed that UDRS will not be used in the one-off Twenty20 match, five ODIs or for that substance in the three upcoming Test matches. By the way, UDRS was used when Pakistan toured the Caribbean lately.

India has been a staunch critic of UDRS ever since Sachin Tendulkar went public with his condemnation of the system in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago.Just before the World Cup, Indian skipper MSD too gave his thumbs down to the system.

I don't support the UDRS as you have two gentlemen rank as umpires on the field, who are professionals. They also have the hold up of the third umpire. Referral system, I personally believe is not a cent per cent thing. I am not going to buy a life jacket that doesn't come with a guarantee,he had said.

The last straw for India, perhaps, was the World Cup league match against England in Ahmedabad. In the 25th over of the England innings, Dhoni sought the help of UDRS when on-field umpire turned down an lbw plea against Ian Bell off Yuvraj Singh.

The skill clearly showed that Bell was out as the ball was going to hit the middle stump, yet, strangely, the third umpire ruled in favour of the batsman because the coldness between the wicket and point of crash was more than 2.5 metres.


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