UDRS under scanner as Bell survives to save Eng

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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
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UDRS under scanner as Bell escapes

London, Jun 19: The Umpire Decision Review System, known as UDRS in the game of cricket seems to be associated only with controversies as many cricketers have been benefitted from this application while the other set of cricketers feel the application is ineffective.

There are instances wherein a few teams have been happy being benefitted by UDRS decisions, while at times, have turned a blind eye to its effectiveness.

Team India has maintained its stand as it has not accepted the application stating serious doubts and also objected the use of the same in international fixtures while countries like Australia and England have used the application in plenty of series, as they have seen both the positives and the negative side of the review system.

While the latest to benefit from UDRS is England's Ian Bell, who scored 126 against
West Indies in the first one-day international at Hampshire on Monday, revealed that he had nicked the ball behind when he was on 23, but UDRS gave him the benefit of doubt, allowing him to guide England to victory.

Asked if he had nicked the ball, Bell said, "Yeah."

"It couldn't have gone much better. It would have been nice to bat for another six overs or so because I felt I was going nicely. But I'm really happy. It's good to go at the top of the order and play some proper cricket shots. I hope I can kick on and make the most of the opportunity," Bell was quoted as saying in Daily Express

A few months ago, South African Test captain Graeme Smith had praised the role of Television referrals and UDRS in international cricket.

"I did read a report that there were issues with the set-up of the cameras, which obviously isn't ideal, and there has been a lot of scepticism about the last bit of the ball-tracking. But DRS has become an integral part of the game, it's great for the fans and I cant imagine playing without it," Sport 24 quoted Graeme Smith as saying.

"It was designed to take away the shocking decision and it's done that. I'd like to see it play a prominent part in international cricket," he added.

He was quoted as saying after DRS was under scanner for its inaccuracies in the recently concluded series between South Africa and New Zealand.

In the month of May, the International Cricket Council also discussed the application of the UDRS during the two-day meeting.


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