DRS um­pir­ing makes de­but in Zim­babwe

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HARARE:

Cricket’s um­pir­ing De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem will be used in Zim­babwe for the first time to­day when the hosts take on Sri Lanka in the sec­ond Test at Harare Sports Club. The DRS has widely been seen as a so­lu­tion to cut­ting out um­pir­ing er­rors in the game, but it has not been uni­ver­sally adopted since its ini­tial trial in 2008.

While In­dia has re­fused to use the sys­tem in the past be­cause it did not be­lieve that the tech­nol­ogy it is based on was fool­proof, coun­tries such as Zim­babwe have not had the funds re­quired for it. “I look at matches in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, and I see the dif­fer­ent lev­els of tech­nol­ogy and you see um­pires are left with­out con­clu­sive ev­i­dence in one se­ries where in an­other se­ries they might have con­clu­sive ev­i­dence with all tools avail­able,” the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of cricket op­er­a­tions Ge­off Al­lardice said this week. “There are some lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges as well about hav­ing ev­ery type of tech­nol­ogy in ev­ery match but I think over­all we should be striv­ing for a more con­sis­tent de­liv­ery of tech­nol­ogy at all in­ter­na­tional matches.” In­dia have re­cently shown signs of soft­en­ing their stance, and have com­mit­ted to us­ing DRS when they host Eng­land in a five-Test se­ries that starts on Wed­nes­day.

Zim­babwe Cricket have ar­ranged for the sys­tem to be used in Sun­day’s sec­ond Test against Sri Lanka, with the home side hop­ing that it can re­duce the num­ber of poor de­ci­sions that go against them.

Six of the seven in­cor­rect um­pir­ing de­ci­sions in the first Test were in Sri Lanka’s favour, as the tourists won by 225 runs.

“I think (the er­rors) have been well doc­u­mented,” said Zim­babwe coach Heath Streak on Satur­day. “I think the DRS is good be­cause it can negate the el­e­ment of hu­man er­ror.

“Ob­vi­ously any­one can make a mis­take, but the less of those that have an in­flu­ence on the game, the bet­ter.” The sys­tem will also be used in the tri­an­gu­lar one-day se­ries that fol­lows, when Zim­babwe and Sri Lanka will be joined by the West Indies. “It’s nice to have it be­cause we need to use the tech­nol­ogy - I’m happy to have it,” said Rangana Herath, who is lead­ing Sri Lanka in the Test se­ries.

Both sides con­firmed a clean bill of health yes­ter­day, and sug­gested that changes were un­likely for the fi­nal Test of the se­ries. — AFP

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