Perth: At the meeting held last evening with ICC mediator Ranjan Madugalle, Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble decided to abandon the pact they had agreed to at the beginning of the series over taking the word of fielders in case of contentious catches.
Ponting said that while he wanted the agreement to continue, it was dropped at the instance of Kumble.
"It's been scrapped as of yesterday. That wasn't the way I wanted to play, I wanted to continue the way it was. But the feeling through the Indian team, and not just Anil's thoughts on it, they would like it to go back and be in the hands of the umpires on the field," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.
He added: "I've just had a chat with both umpires out on the ground now on that whole thing and they'll be endeavouring to make the call between themselves on the field rather than just referring everything, which is the way I prefer it to be. That's the way it's going to be for the remainder of the series."
Umpires have been facing increased criticism in recent years as their mistakes are caught on camera but Kumble said he would still prefer them to have the final say.
"I think it's best left to the judgement of the umpires and the match referee and the technology that we have," Kumble said.
"I think it's a professional sport and everybody is under equal pressure...players are always under pressure to perform."
The Indians were against the pact particularly after being aggrieved by Michael Clarke's claiming of a catch to dismiss Sourav Ganguly on the dramatic final day after the Australian had stood his ground when clearly dismissed earlier in the match.