Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has lambasted the poor umpiring stands and the lack of availability of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
The poor umpiring standards compounded the need for the Review System during the encounter between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday where as many as three decisions came under the scanner.
The first victim was Melbourne Stars opener Andre Fletcher who was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Jason Sangha. Fletcher tried to review the call before he was apprised of the fact that the system is not available.
The second batsman on the wrong side of the decision-making was swashbuckler Glenn Maxwell, who was also adjudged LBW when the replays clearly showed that the ball had pitched outside leg-stump.
The third victim was Usman Khawaja, who was given caught-behind. Khawaja looked the most disappointed, and he had every right to feel that way as the ball had clearly brushed his pads.
“I don’t think it’s hit anything. Looked like a lot of daylight between bat and ball – yards of it,” Gilchrist said ON-AIR. “We don’t want to see the biggest names in Australian cricket in this tournament having to leave due to errors that can very quickly be overturned,” Adam Gilchrist was quoted as saying by News18.
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Adam Gilchrist further called for the authorities to do away with the ‘Time Out’ and instead focus on introducing the DRS, even if it is not at the same level as it is used in Test cricket or ICC sanctioned events.
“Get rid of the time out, as far as I’m concerned that’s a waste. You don’t need it – it’s 20 overs. Keep the game moving. Get the DRS in and use that time to make sure the decisions are correct,” Gilchrist said.
“I think the players would say: ‘We don’t care the level of technology, it doesn’t need to be what it is at every ICC-sanctioned event, what we have at Test matches or World Cups.’ “Even if it’s the cameras at a bare minimum, we’ll roll the dice. If it can’t get picked up, it’s inconclusive, they’ll wear that.” he added.