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Will Umpire Review system be foolproof?

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Published: Monday, December 13, 2010, 12:52 [IST]
 
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Will Umpire Review system be foolproof?

According to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) could come in for some fine-tuning, but it will never be 100 per cent foolproof. The UDRS has been the subject of much controvery with praise and criticism coming from various quarters since the time it was first utilised in the India-Sri Lanka Tests in 2008. Presently, it has been adopted by the English and Australian cricket boards for the ongoing Ashes series. But owing to an objection raised by India, it will not be implemented in the India-South Africa Tests to begin on Dec 16.

"From the start we've always had a very open mind about the referral system and we are always open to changes that can make the system better," Lorgat told AAP. "I can't say what those changes might be, but we are open-minded."

The ICC has given the UDRS the go-ahead for the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent, while the system will be implemented in bilateral ODI series ahead of the tournament so that concerned countries can adapt to the technology. Lorgat said proponents for the UDRS was on the rise. "More and more people are being won over to the system after having seen it or used it," Lorgat said. "There are still a few people who are not supportive of it."

Lorgat stressed that the system's purpose was to rectify any evident umpiring errors, and cited Alastair Cook's calling for a referral in the Adelaide Test against being given out caught-behind. "It is not there to get a wicket when you are struggling to find one, it is there to fix the obvious errors," he said. "Alastair Cook's referral on the fourth day when he was given out caught behind off his arm was a classic example.

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