Players divided over UDR system

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:30 [IST]
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Indian and New Zealand players are divided in their opinion of the Umpire Decision Reviewal System (UDRS) which would enable batsmen to refer suspect decisions by umpires for accurate verdicts.

Kiwi captain Daniel Vettori has backed the UDRS saying it would be "good for the game". Vettori believes the UDRS represents the way forward. "I like the referral system. There are still a few hiccups with the technology, but I think it is good for the game if it is used consistently," Sky Sports quoted Vettori, as saying.

The system, however, will not be used in the upcoming three-match Test series in India after the BCCI and some premier Indian players, including skipper M S Dhoni, expressed misgivings about its efficiency. Dhoni said UDRS would address big mistakes the umpires have made in the past, but it would also reduce their role on the field.

"Quite a few decisions, you know, it is surprising to see umpire make that mistake", said Dhoni. That could have been avoided if UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System) was there, but does that give the umpire the liberty of giving wrong decisions? As professionals, they get paid to be there, which means they really have to step up."

No decision has been taken as to whether the UDRS will be used on India's next tour which will be in South Africa next month or if indeed it will be used to the World Cup games next year.


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