Hafeez urges need for DRS in all series

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Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 9:36 [IST]
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Hafeez urges need for DRS in all series

Galle, Jun 26: Pakistan's Test captain Mohammad Hafeez backs ICC's recommendation for the use of Decision Review System for all series after his team received a lot of controversial decisions which ultimately led to a massive 209-run defeat in the first Test at Galle on Monday.

Hafeez said poor umpiring decisions cost them the match as they couldn't do anything in the absence of DRS.

"One thing I want to say is that it is time for the highest authorities to make a decision about the DRS. It should be compulsory for every game," Hafeez said

He further added saying that the absence of review system puts more pressure on the batsman and the umpires.

"I feel as a player, not having the DRS puts a lot of pressure on you and that pressure goes to the umpires."

Echoing coach Dav Whatmore's views on the absence of Decision Review System in the on-going Test series, Hafeez said all the authorities should be in favour of using DRS.

"If this technology can improve this game, then why not?," Hafeez said. "The authorities should either go for it [DRS] or not at all."

Though he did not blame poor umpiring decisions alone for the loss, as he said the team would take some positives from the match similar to Pakistan's batting in the second innings after having collapsed for 100 and conceding a 372-run lead.

Hafeez praised his team mates Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq for their fantastic knock, and fighting spirit.

"A big thumbs up to my team for the spirit and character they showed. It was tough out there, their conduct was pleasing," Hafeez said.

"I liked the way the boys fought it out on the last day when the conditions were tough. Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal showed great character. These are positive signs for Pakistan going into the next two matches. They spent some time at the crease and that will give us confidence."

He was not pleased with his own form, though, having been dismissed for 20 and 4. "I know my form is not good and I'm working hard at it," he said. "I'm sure that just spending time at the crease will give me more confidence."

Hafeez leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Misbah ul Haq, who was serving a one-match ban for slow over-rate in ODIs, felt the team would take the positives from the first match and prepare well for the second Test as the regular skipper will be back in the side for the Colombo Test which is scheduled to start on June 30.


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