The International Council Cricket Committee [ICC] has recommended that the concept of the contentious Umpire’s Call should stay in the Decision Review System (DRS), citing that the ball-tracking technology is not 100 per cent full proof.
According to a published in ESPNCricinfo, the ICC Cricket Committee which consists of whole host of former captains like Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Shaun Pollock, head Anil Kumble and match referee Ranjan Madhugalle, umpire Richard Illingworth, took suggestions from other match-officials, ball-tracking technology supplier, broadcasters and Hawk-Eye.
After debating on the matter, the ICC committee came to the conclusion that ‘Umpire’s Call’ should stay. The recommendations will now be tabled at the ICC’s Executive Committee which is set to meet virtually next week.
The Umpire’s Call aspect of the DRS has been a controversial affair but the calls for it to be scrapped has peaked in the last three months during India’s Test series against Australia and England.
However, earlier this month, umpire Nitin Menon had come in defense of Umpire’s Call, stating that the technology is not 100 percent full proof and hence the on-field decision must come under consideration.
According to the current rule, more than 50 percent of the ball should hit the stumps in order to reverse the on-field call.
”See, first of all, umpire’s call is regarding decisions which are very close, the decisions which are 50-50, which can go either way, goes with the call of the on-field umpire. It is not a completely perfect decision that has been overturned, so it is a 50-50 decision which can go either way, to the batting side or the fielding side. When we know that technology is not itself 100 per cent correct, so that is when you need the umpire’s call,” Nitin Menon had told ANI.
”When we know technology is not 100 per cent correct, so whatever the on-field decision is given, since it is a very marginal call, so we will stick with the decision the on-field umpire has given. This concept needs to be understood by the general public because they are not aware of why umpire’s call concept is there in DRS. It is basically because it was a marginal call and 100 per cent technology cannot say whether it was hitting the stumps or not,” he had added.