Umpire review won't feature in India-SA Tests

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 15:14 [IST]
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UDRS won't feature in India-SA Tests

The controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will most probably not feature in India's upcoming Tests in South Africa. Cricket South Africa (CSA), the governing body of cricket in the Africa nation, confirmed the news, pointing to the fact that India was opposed to the use of the system.

India has only once before availed of the UDRS and that was on a tour of Sri Lanka in 2008. During the Test series on the island nation, India didn't have much success with the refferal system, getting only one review correct. Meanwhile the hosts successfully challenged as many as eleven decisions.

Over the last year, the UDRS has been extensively used in Australia, South Africa, England, the West Indies and in New Zealand and has received positive feedback from several captains and players. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) however, is skeptical of the system's use and is opposed to the same, even as the ICC has approved its use during the 2011 World Cup.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of India's first Test against New Zealand in early November, India captain M S Dhoni reaffirmed his reluctance to accept the system, instead calling for more competent umpiring from the on-field officials.

Indicating his disapproval over India's rejection of the system, Proteas captain Graeme Smith said, "I think if the UDRS is going to be successful it needs to be implemented properly by the ICC and not on a 50-50 basis like we have seen so far," he had said. "It must be used all of the time and not for selective series' like we see now."


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