Captains back use of technology in umpiring

Published: Friday, August 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Most international cricket captains have backed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) experimental use of technology to assist better umpiring decision making, according to the findings of a survey commissioned among the captains of teams competing in next month's ICC Champions Trophy.

Of the ten captains who took part in the survey, only Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Tatenda Taibu of Zimbabwe disagreed with the principle of more technology for umpires, an ICC release said in London on Friday.

Ponting's view was consistent with a long-standing Australian approach to the subject, while Taibu, Test cricket's youngest-ever captain, felt "what's already there is enough".

Those in favour of more assistance for officials included England's Michael Vaughan, who, however, expressed reservations about using the Hawk Eye for leg before decision.

"I have reservations about the use of certain types of technology. I am not convinced, for example, that Hawk Eye is always 100 per cent right on lbw decisions because the umpire in the middle is still the person who is best placed to judge how the pitch is behaving and what the ball is doing.

"That said, I do like the idea of using technology to highlight the wicket-to-wicket area on a pitch so the umpire can get a better idea as to whether the ball has pitched inside or outside the line of leg stump," he said.

Vaughan said use of a greater amount of technology would help eliminate some of the more obvious bad decisions when a batsman is given out when the ball has pitched outside the line of leg stump.

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