17/11/2009

Umpire Referral System Stumped

The much maligned umpire referral system appears to  have hit a road block.

The TV referral system has been approved by the ICC for use in all Tests, including the current India vs. Sri Lanka Test series.

However, a stand- off on who will fund the expensive equipments appears to have derailed its implementation.

The fact that it gave the likes of Tendulkar and Dravid nightmares when it was experimented in the last Sri Lankan series may have made BCCI a reluctant user.

Similarly, the England cricket team and media were equally dismayed when it was trialled during the English cricket tour of West Indies.

Since BCCI holds the money and the English media controls the opinion on cricket, it is unlikely that ICC will do anything further and let the referral system die a natural death.

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