9 December 2009

UDRS suddenly in favour....


An interesting current result to the Cricinfo poll. I don't think there would have been this much support for the UDRS 6 months ago....

6 comments:

Ed said...

Incidentally, I voted for "it could help, but the current implementation is flawed".

Unknown said...

I do wonder where decision referral leaves the LBW law in the long run. The notion that any doubt favours the batsman isn't part of the Laws but yet is vital to the game. Computer technology (if relied upon) suggests that the ball is hitting the wicket far more often than is currently given out without TV replays. Are we ready to accept LBW decisions where hawkeye suggests the tip of the off bail has just been clipped? Of course it might be a way of tilting the game back in favour of the bowlers in these times of covered pitches and super-willow bats.

Whilst the general point that TV replays lead to better decision making and hence more accurate application of the laws is difficult to argue against (if the technology works), the impact of technology on the game as a whole needs to be considered too. Part of cricket's charm is the pace of the action, the reverence for the umpire and the expectation that players accept contentious decisions which don't go their way - which are all affected to some degree by the use of TV technology. Some of these points are presently enshrined in the official 'Spirit of the Game' text suggesting that we should view the Sport as more than the accurate application of the laws.

Interestingly, isn't FIFA's current position on technology that professional football should be played and refereed exactly as an amateur kick about?

Ed said...

Yes, football is another example of poor management of change. They have a tougher job that cricket though because there aren't so many natural breaks in play.

For me the LBW one is pretty simple - based on the accuracy of Hawkeye or whatever similar technology they use, which can be scientifically proved (I think I saw something that said it was accurate to within 3mm), then give decisions out on appeals that are within that margin for error. Everything else the batsman gets the benefit. So it would be not out if it was clipping the top of off.

If - a big if - that lead to more wickets, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Personally I wouldn't want that but there's an awful lot of people calling for 4 or even 3 day Tests as a way of revitalising Tests....

Mark Davis said...

LBW is simple. If I appeal it's out !

Ed said...

Daniel Vettori seems to be in favour.

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