Leave only lbw to umpires, says Tendulkar

Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 13:10 [IST]
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 Leave only lbw to umpires, says Sachin

New Delhi: Umpires should make only leg-before decisions while technology takes care of the rest, says Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar, who completed twenty years in international cricket, even suggested rotating on-field umpires every session of a Test match to give them adequate rest, but denounced the referral system.

Master batsman said he was in favour of more technology in cricket to make the umpire's task more accurate.

It is tough for the umpires to watch the no-balls and watch what's happening in the front," he was quoted as saying on the 'India Today' website.

"For basic line decisions, like no-balls and run outs, you must have a laser or something like that. Something like what you have in tennis to decide serves.

"You can call it (a no-ball) with a machine."

Tendulkar said bat-pad decisions can be relied on television X-ray technology called "hot spots" which clearly illustrates the first point of contact of the ball -- either pad or bat.

"They should use the hot spot for bat-pad decisions, so the main umpire has to make only the leg-before calls," he said. "I'm quite happy with the hot spot because that establishes the contact.

"For caught behind and all, the hot spot will come. Close-in catches, again the hot spot will come. You don't need a machine for clean bowled, so only the leg-before decisions is what the umpire has to concentrate on."


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