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SA against referral system

2009-11-17 20:28

Potchefstroom - The future of cricket's umpiring referral system became even less clear Tuesday when South Africa decided against using the technology for its Test series against England.

The television replay system was meant to be implemented from October 1 after the International Cricket Council approved it, but major cricket nations apparently don't want it and no one wants to pay for it.

South Africa has now followed the precedent set by India when it began its series against Sri Lanka on Monday without the facility to challenge umpires' decisions.

"The Indian board is not very keen on it," said Ratnakar Shetty, chief executive of the Board of Control for Cricket for India. "We have made that decision and opted not to use it. This is not a problem with the ICC.

"There's an option as a host country to use the technology but we talked to the players and we have reported back that we are not in favour of it. If other countries choose to use it as hosts, then so be it."

AP

Comments
  • googly - 2009-11-17 20:36

    seems they are afraid of being brought to book for fixing.

  • Peter - 2009-11-17 21:04

    Why else would they not want to get decisions right?

  • Jon - 2009-11-17 23:22

    Its hard to believe that any sport isn't fixed these days. In cricket, India or Pakistan always make it far in the big tournaments but are nowehere to be seen the rest of the time. In soccer the hosts always make it to the quarters or semis of the World Cup (Japan and South Korea both perfect examples) but the rest of the time they're also useless. Funny that. Does anyone really think that FIFA or any other sports governing body would allow billions of dollars to be decided on chance?!

  • Fernando Boto - 2009-11-18 05:55

    Just delaying the inevitable, I think.

  • Rob - 2009-11-18 05:59

    You guys are probably right, match fixing is the order of the day in ALL sports especially cricket. It came out during the Hansie saga, an attorney told everyone so that Ali Baba took the lead during a Windies tour here shortly after foreign contries started visiting us again.

  • larry - 2009-11-18 08:46

    lol.. @Jon, do you want a bet that Bafana won’t make it pas the group stages? But agreed, why on earth would the system not be used unless there is an evil match fixing underbelly to this. Particularly for lbw decisions I think this technology levels the playing field for both sides. Some will argue that in the past the ump's always made the decision on the field blah blah blah.. We are now in a professional era where one decision can influence matches and careers worth millions of rands. These decisions need to be correct, period.

  • slot machine - 2009-11-18 10:15

    If you think about it, bad decisions are part of the game. They brings in more publicity for the sport, more advertisements, more money etc. Just another variable of the sport which happens to be uncontrollable. This should be the basis of including or excluding the referrel system, the balance between getting decisions correct and bringing in more publicity.

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