Cricket Umpiring, At The Highest Level, Has To Be Revamped — Too Many Outcome-Changing WRONG Decisions.
Of course DRS (Decision Review System) has made a HUGE difference, and for that we should all be thankful. I often, watching DRS in action, SHUDDER to think of ALL the bad decisions that must have taken place in cricket over the centuries — all of us having see our fair share, first hand.
There was a time, even up until quite recently, when the ICC ‘Test Panel’ umpires seemed to be doing extremely well, i.e., they had got most of their decisions RIGHT.
But, something has gone wrong recently and, OF COURSE, to the chagrin of all cricket lovers (who adore FAIR PLAY), the outcome of the ICC 2019 World Cup might have been the result of a bad call! And this is what kills me. There were 4 umpires and a match referee. Yes, 4 umpires & a match referee. So, between the FIVE (5) of them they did NOT know the overthrow rule? That is ludicrous.
Then we had the Eng. v Ireland Test and now the 1st Ashes Test. Wow. The number of bad or wrong decisions. Yes, of course, it is DRS that is highlighting these. Without ‘ultraedge’ and ‘ball-tracking’ we would not know what really happened. But, now thanks to technology we do.
We have to change the system for International games, i.e., Tests, ODIs and T20Is. At a minimum ALL out decisions should be checked, if nothing else for no-balls. It is not fair that the no-ball checking is only done for ‘special’ players — sometimes the batsman, often the bowler. But, let’s start by using DRS to make sure that every out is indeed a valid out. Yes, it will add delay but I think we will tolerate that. We now check some outs for no-ball. Just make that apply to all outs, no exceptions.
But, that leaves open, outs that are deemed not-outs. What do we do there? Yes, ideally we would review those too BUT that could get out of hand. Players will appeal for stupid stuff hoping against hope. It will become a time-waster. That is a problem. I do NOT have an answer for that. I am still thinking.