Mahela echoes Hafeez's opinion, pleads for DRS

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Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 15:03 [IST]
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After Hafeez, Mahela bats for DRS

Galle, Jun 26: Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene also echoed Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez's views on making DRS mandatory for all Tests and ODIs after witnessing a couple of controversial decisions in the first Test at Galle.

The system which uses ball tracking and thermal imaging to verify umpires' decision was made mandatory by ICC for all Tests and ODIs on Monday while the ICC also asked the boards if they can afford to invest on the technology.

Meanwhile, Mahela talking to reporters on Monday after their remarkable 209-run win over Pakistan, said ICC must fund the boards if they are not able to afford the technology.

"The ICC must take it upon themselves to fund the system for the boards which cannot afford to, instead of leaving it to them to decide whether they use it or not," said Jayawardene.

Mahela also stressed on the fact that he has a liking towards the system and felt it would help the umpires as well.

"I have always been a fan of the DRS. It might not be 100 percent technology, but if we can use it to get the maximum number of correct decisions, it will help the umpires as well," he said.

Earlier Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's Test captain in the first Test in the absence of Misbah ul Haq also supported ICC's recommendation and urged the need to make it mandatory for all series.

While the Pakistan cricket coach, Dav Whatmore also slammed the absence of DRS in the on-going Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka as there were many controversial decisions going against the touring side.

Whatmore had questioned the board for using it in the series against England which was played in the month of March-April while it was not used in the next home series featuring Pakistan.


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