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Pak lodges complaint over poor umpiring decisions

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 15:50 [IST]
 
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Latif slams poor umpiring decisions

Colombo, Jun 28: After witnessing a couple of controversial decisions during their loss to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle, Pakistan have lodged an official complaint against the poor umpiring decisions they faced during their massive 209-run loss to hosts.

Two days after ICC recommended mandatory use of Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) in all Tests, following BCCI's strong opposition towards the system, Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene both pleaded for DRS in the on-going Test series as it has not been used and the reason being the board couldn't bear the cost of the equipment.

With over 10 controversial decisions, Pakistan were under pressure as they lost the first Test by a massive 209 runs at Galle and the team management in order to avoid this in the second Test at Colombo which is scheduled to start on Jun 30, have lodged a complaint on poor umpiring decisions in the first Test.

"Pakistan team manager Naved Cheema and coach Dav Whatore formally lodged a complaint over the umpiring with match referee David Boon after the Test ended," a source close to the Pakistan team said.

"Cheema and Whatmore told Boon that the Pakistani players had concerns over the umpiring standards as while one or two bad decisions were acceptable but the majority of bad decisions went against them in the Test," the source said.

Talking about the technology, former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif said, technology may not be totally correct but umpiring has been facilitated with the presence of technology which has reduced errors drastically.

"It is not perfect everyone knows that. Technology is never 100 per cent correct but it has definitely brought up an improvement in umpiring standards and reduced errors in matches which it is being used," Latif said.

Latif further added stating that the reason for not using DRS in the on-going series against Pakistan while they could afford the same for the series against England seemed silly and felt ICC should financially subsidize costs in order to help the respective boards to utilize the benefits of the system.

"What surprises me is the ICC's continuing unclear stance on the compulsory use of the UDRS. This is damaging for the sport and we are seeing the effects in the series with Sri Lanka. The Lankans had the system in place for their series against England but not for Pakistan that is why it is necessary to make the use of UDRS mandatory for all matches and ICC should financially subsidize costs," he said.

The former Test captain felt the decisions that went against the touring side were ridiculous as that was one of the reasons for the team's loss to Sri Lanka by 209 runs.

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