India must agree to umpire review system: Smith

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Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 12:49 [IST]
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India must agree to UDRS: Smith

The controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is at the centre of a storm involving Indian captain M S Dhoni and his South African counterpart Graeme Smith.

On Wednesday, Dec 29, Smith urged the ICC to take responsibility for implementing the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and remove the right of teams to opt out.

Smith's plea came in light of the fact that several decisions went against South Africa in the crucial second Test, at Durban, and the team was rendered helpless at the "unlucky adjudications". Primary among these incidents was Proteas pace ace Dale Steyn being denied an lbw of Zaheer Khan on Day 3 of the encounter as the batsman went on to string together a 70-run partnership with VVS Laxman.

The Umpire Decision Review System, designed to eradicate clear umpiring mistakes, is not in use in the series, though it is in the current Ashes tests between Australia and England, and was even implemented in the Sri Lanka-West Indies Test series last month. Smith says he woudl like to see its consistent us in the future as the UDRS was definitely the way forward.

"The ICC needs to take responsibility and lead the way when it comes to the review system," Smith said at a news conference after his team's defeat. "They can't just let the boards decide and negotiate it. Using the UDRS once every seven series is not going to help anybody."

This year the powerful Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opted against the review system's use for their series against New Zealand in Nov, Australia in October and this series.

When asked why he had declined to push for the introduction of the system in Tests in India, Indian captain M S Dhoni said the role of the umpire would consequently diminish and therefore he personally, would call for more consistent umpiring on the field.


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