Umpires should make more use of TV replays: Bacher

Published: Saturday, April 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain:Former South Africa cricket supremo Ali Bacher believes the time has arrived for umpires to make more use of video replays in an effort reduce the number of contentious decisions.

Bacher, the former managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), said he does not wish to see the traditional role of the umpire diminished.

But he felt the introduction of a consultation process between the standing and television replay umpires would enhance decision-making.

Bacher feels the system currently in operation is limited since it only transfers jurisdiction to the television umpire on referrals in certain instances.

"My proposal seeks to permit the standing umpire to consult the TV replay umpire whenever he chooses on specific matters aimed at assisting him in arriving at the correct decision," Bacher said.

Under his proposal if an umpire, in giving an lbw verdict, is uncertain about whether the ball pitched just outside the leg-stump or not, he could ask the TV umpire if it did.

"He won't ask him to make the ultimate decision - on whether or not the batsman is out - but he will simply ask did it pitch outside leg stump?," Bacher said.

"He will then be better equipped to make a correct decision on the basis of that technology-based information."

Bacher feels since television technology has improved, umpires are increasingly being placed in unreasonable positions.

"They are competing against ever-improving technology, and are destined to fail," he said.

"Current legislation is placing umpires in an untenable position by not allowing them access to the same information as is readily available to the public.

"The media are in a position to determine more accurately the decision-making ability of an umpire, and in the case of poor decisions, they have an undue influence on undermining the confidence of umpires."

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