22/07/2009

Koertzen blames players


Is he right in doing so?

Before we answer that question let us first read what he told Cricinfo:
"The players will stand there, nick the ball and wait for the umpire to make a decision. For me, that's cheating. Why don't you get off the field and make it easy for the game? There would be more pleasure in the game. I know that Ponting would say, 'Boys, let's try [accepting the umpires word].' I've been in those meetings when he said, 'Let's try it,' and then you get to the second day in a Test match and a guy claims a catch and ten minutes later you hear, 'The ball didn't carry,' and then the argument starts again. Let's use the technology when it's there."
Ostensibly, he was reacting to criticism about his inconsistent decisions in the on going Ashes series and so at first glance may appear as if he is shifting blame.

However, when we give his comments the respect it deserves, then realization of how true it is strikes us.

A majority of you will agree that the melodrama enacted by the players on the field serves to paint the umpires and their decision-making capabilities in poor light.

Even this writer did not know the fact that if an on field umpire is sure, then a decision cannot be referred to the third umpire. Even the Chief Executive of CA did not know it either, and he had to confirm it with ICC.
"I did ring (ICC operations manager) Dave Richardson to seek clarification on the referral situation, but in no way was it any kind of complaint," Sutherland said yesterday. "I was seeking to understand the reason for the inconsistency and it was explained to my satisfaction."
When you realize that this is what happened in the case of Hughes, it is not Koertzen but Ricky Ponting who comes across in poor light.

No wonder, Koertzen is disgusted with the antics of the players and favours the referral system.

To the reader: Is Koertzen justified in his disgust?

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15 Comments:

Blogger Naked Cricket said...

Seeing as he's disgusted with Ponting, of course he is.

22/07/2009, 15:18  
Blogger Ottayan said...

I think most cricketers are as guilty as Ponting.

22/07/2009, 15:41  
Anonymous raj said...

Looks like Koertzen threw the book at Ponting :-)
English bloggers and cricketers always talk about 'working on the umpire' as in getting him chummy by not going ballistic on his mistakes, and winning his sympathy so much so that he adjusts his mistakes by a mistake in your favour next time. Swann is a good example of this. Ponting seems to have that sort of relationship with Chris Broad but has slowly alienated the rest of the umpires.

22/07/2009, 15:56  
Blogger Golandaaz said...

Today's cricketers deserve the decisions made by the umpires....especially the bad ones. The antics they resort to, is the biggest factor in the poor quality of decision making. Neither high-quality umpires nor technology can help them. Rudy is right but replace Pointing with a Ganguly or just about anyone. They are all in it together

22/07/2009, 15:57  
Blogger straight point said...

i second golandaaz here...

when you see the crap appealing when ball clrarly pitches miles on leg stump...when you see them appealing for caught behind after ball hitting pads...and when you yourself admit in press conference i was not out to cunningly mock at the system you deserve to be given out even if its dodgy one...

if they are sure or not its umps prerogative...no xyz can run to them and make decisions on their behalf...

either use full technology or shut up and get on with it...

22/07/2009, 16:28  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Raj,

I remember our very own JRod had written a hilarious piece about working on the umpire. (This was written way back when he was less popular than he is now).

Most probably,Pan,NC and SB may remember it.

Sorry,coming to your comment, exactly, there is no percentage in riling the umpire.

22/07/2009, 16:36  
Blogger Ottayan said...

G,

Agree the best innovation to have come out of ICC is the referral system.

22/07/2009, 16:40  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Pan,

Next they will target the TV broadcasters.:)

22/07/2009, 16:41  
Blogger straight point said...

even before that there are special 'talent' like darryl hair who can't judge on endless replays too... :)

22/07/2009, 16:51  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Hair was the lightning rod.:)

22/07/2009, 16:56  
Blogger straight point said...

oh ott...my mistake...

i meant darryl harper not hair... :)

22/07/2009, 18:37  
Blogger LVISS said...

WHEN PLAYERS CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT ABOUT UMPIRES , UMPIRES SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN EQUAL SPACE FOR CRITICISING PLAYERS. OTHER UMPIRES ALSO SHOULD COME OPENLY AGAINST UNFAIR PLAY BY THE PLAYERS. HE NAILED THE POINT ABOUT USING TECHNOLOGY . THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SHUT THE PLAYERS MOUTHS. MOST OF THE ARGUEMENTS IS OVER UMPIRES DECISIONS.

22/07/2009, 19:54  
Blogger Ottayan said...

I agree Lviss, I am just wondering how it will look on TV, if the umpires frown or express disappointment in field.

22/07/2009, 20:03  
Blogger Slogger said...

I have to take the player's position on this. Umpire's are on the field for a reason, if he expects players to walk well let me just say we are not Gods!! If the umpire needs Technology to make the right call so be it, but I don't beleive everyone will be Azzu Bhai. (Yeah, I know Azzu Bhai did it because no matter was Dawood Bhai was feeding him)
Our Koertzen screwed it up, now he is blaming the players....

BTW How is everything OTTS

23/07/2009, 02:35  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Slog,

I am well and Chennai is sweltering.:)

Coming to your comment, it is not a question of walking or anything else, it is all the melodrama that follows a decision.

Azzu Bhai, those were the days when 'walking' was normal and not made a stuff of discussions.

23/07/2009, 05:32  

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