Colombo: Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya on Thursday welcomed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) latest experiment of allowing leg before decisions to be determined by a television umpire.
"I think it's a good experiment," Jayasuriya said, referring to the dismissal of Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik in the opening day/night match of the Champions Trophy at the Premadasa Stadium. Malik became the first cricketer to be given out leg before by the TV umpire. On field Australian umpire Daryl Harper consulted the third umpire, Rudi Koertzen of South Africa, before ruling Malik out leg before in left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas' third over. The sport's world governing body has given the on field umpires an option for the first time to refer leg before decisions to the TV umpire on an experimental basis. The decisions, however, will be given by the on field umpires. "It was a good decision. It was a hundred percent correct. Now, there won't be any wrong decisions if the ball pitches outside the leg stump," Jayasuriya said. Match referee Mike Proctor of South Africa more or less echoed the same sentiments. "The trial was pretty good. There were a lot of positives. It went off well today. We can learn a lot from this tournament," he said. An ICC official said the umpires took "60 seconds" to rule the Pakistani batsman out. "We'll try to cut it down to 40 seconds. It then won't slow down the game," said official Dave Richardson, a former South African wicket-keeper. "In theory it went well. There were some practical difficulties. The noise from the stands was an interference, but it was a good experiment."
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