The Umpire Choice Evaluate System (DRS) was first launched in world cricket in 2008 to help the on-field umpires with their decision-making. It was like a breath of contemporary air because the errors have been minimized, and most of the time, the fitting choice was made. Nevertheless, lately query marks have been raised within the cricketing fraternity on the accuracy and the manipulation of the DRS.
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One side of the DRS is the hawk-eye, the place the trail of the supply could be predicted with a 2 p.c error margin. The know-how by itself is magnificent, however the price of utilizing it’s too excessive for a majority of the cricket boards. In keeping with the famed cricket journalist Dr. Nauman Niaz, a lot of the international locations use comparable software program, which is a less expensive different to the hawk-eye. The worrying factor about this software program is that it may be manipulated manually.
One such occasion got here on the primary day of the second Take a look at match between West Indies and Sri Lanka. DRS was known as into motion because the West Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Joshua Da Silva, was trapped leg earlier than wicket (LBW) by the Sri Lankan off-spinner, Dhananjaya de Silva. The trajectory of the supply regarded just like the ball was hitting the stumps, however the DRS confirmed the supply to be lacking the leg stump.
Joshua Da Silva himself was surprised on the choice as he was already making his manner right down to the pavilion. Sri Lanka’s coach, Mickey Arthur, was baffled on the choice as nicely.
Watch the video of the incident under:
Video courtesy Windies Cricket YouTube channel
This isn’t a one-off incident. The notorious match between Pakistan and India within the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final at Mohali had the same incident. Pakistan’s former off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal, to today is baffled at how the ‘hawk-eye’ manipulated the LBW of Sachin Tendulkar. The supply regarded prefer it was hitting the stumps, however in response to the hawk-eye, the supply would have missed the highest of the stumps.
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Equally, different points of DRS and the usual of umpiring have been questioned recently as nicely. Within the lately concluded Take a look at collection between India and England, there have been many situations of poor officiating. The England captain, Joe Root, and Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, have been sad at the usual of umpiring and approached the match referee to take a look on the incidents.
The newest episode of poor umpiring was on show within the T20I match between Bangladesh and New Zealand. Bangladesh was chasing in a rain-affected match, however they weren’t made conscious of the goal till the ninth supply of their innings. The match officers have been unable to calculate the revised whole as Bangladesh had already began their innings.
Within the present international pandemic, ICC determined to go forward with house umpires as an alternative of impartial umpires. The transfer has actually raised a query mark within the cricketing fraternity, and the sanctity of the gents’s sport has been put into doubt.