Koertzen wants UDRS in every Test series

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 11:56 [IST]
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Koertzen wants UDRS to be used

Rudi Koertzen has called for the inclusion of umpire decision review system(UDRS) in every Test series after he bowed out of International umpiring with a tour that did not feature the UDRS.

Koertzen said that the new generation of umpires will be facing huge pressure of constant replays that can show the most minute error in their decisions.

The South African umpire, who has umpired more Tests than any other man besides West Indian Steve Bucknor, ended his career on the weekend with the final Test of the Pakistan-Australia contest in Leeds.

"You should have it in every single series. Somehow, somebody has to come up with a deal and say we will support this, we will sponsor it. It's no use having it when South Africa play Australia or in the Ashes, and then you have for example Sri Lanka playing Bangladesh and you can't have it," Koertzen said according to cricinfo report.

"I don't think that's fair on the umpires because in one Test you get some sort of assistance and in the other one you're on your own. It's only going to make it harder for the guys if it goes that route."

He added umpiring is always difficult as the audiences around the globe have access to television and watch slow-motion replays whereas the upmires don't have that luxury, and have to make spot decision.

"With the technology, millions of people can see if you got it wrong. You stand there and think you made a good decision and then you hear a few boos from upstairs and you think, maybe I did get that wrong. You won't know until you walk off the field and you have a chat with the third umpire and the match referee," he added.

The ICC's Cricket Committee had earlier suggested that the Umpire Decision Review System(UDRS) should be used in all Test cricket and at next year's World Cup.

The UDRS has been regularly criticized by many teams with several players even pointing out the technological glitches.


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