Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to get rid of the “umpire’s call” whenever a team goes for a review in a leg-before wicket (LBW) situation.
The Master Blaster added that a batsman should be adjudged out if the ball hits the stumps. Whether more than 50 per cent of the ball is hitting the stumps or not should not be matter, the former Indian batsman further stated.
“What per cent of the ball hits the stumps doesn’t matter, if DRS shows us that the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be given out, regardless of the on-field call,” Tendulkar tweeted.
What % of the ball hits the stumps doesn’t matter, if DRS shows us that the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be given out, regardless of the on-field call. That’s the motive of using technology in Cricket. As we know technology isn’t 100% right but neither are humans.#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/8At80AtRs5
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 11, 2020
Along with the tweet, the legendary batsman also shared a video, in which he has a discussion with Brian Lara regarding the current DRS system.
“One thing I don’t agree with, with the ICC, is the DRS they have been using for quite some time. It is the LBW decision where more than 50 per cent of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned,” Tendulkar said in the video.
“The only reason they (the batsman or the bowler) have gone upstairs is that they are unhappy with the on-field decision, so when the decision goes to the third umpire, let the technology take over, just like in tennis, it’s either in or out, there’s nothing in between,” he added.
This call for doing away with umpire’s call has been recommended by many former players. Whenever a verdict pops up as umpire’s call, the decision of the on-field umpire is not changed, but the teams do not lose their review as well.
ICC recently introduced some changes to the game of cricket, and they gave all teams liberty of extra review as non-neutral umpires will be employed in Test matches due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, all teams will now have three reviews in every innings of a Test match.