Cricket pundits have been urging the International Cricket Council (ICC) to get rid of the controversial Umpire’s Call ever since the rule was first introduced in 2016.
Daryl Harper member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from 2002 until 2011 (Reuters Photo)
- Umpire’s Call ever since the rule was first introduced by the ICC in 2016
- Any contact with ball on stump will dislodge a bail. No 48 per cent, 49 per cent: Daryl Harper
- Harper also defended Paul Wilson, who was the third umpire who ruled Tim Paine run out in the Boxing Day Test
Former ICC umpire Daryl Harper has called for a ban on the umpire’s call in the Decision Review System (DRS) so as to get rid of one of the “deficiencies” in the technology in international cricket.
Cricket pundits have been criticising the Umpire’s Call ever since the rule was first introduced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2016.
Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar recently urged the governing body to look into the DRS rules after several on-field calls were upheld by the third umpire after DRS reviews were taken by the two teams during 2nd Test between Australia and India in Melbourne last month.
Harper is also urged authorities to get rid of the Umpire’s Call which will end the unnecessary controversy.
“I’ve had enough of umpire’s call. Let’s just ban umpire’s call. Get rid of the controversy and just go with it. Any contact with ball on stump will dislodge a bail. No 48 per cent, 49 per cent.
“The fact it’s been going for 12 years and the public are still mystified, and the players are still mystified, would suggest that there are some deficiencies in either the communication or the understanding. So there needs to be some serious work done from the ICC’s end. Because we shouldn’t be talking about umpiring decisions,” Harper told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Harper also defended Paul Wilson, who was the third umpire who ruled Tim Paine run out in Australia’s 1st innings in the Boxing Day Test.
“You could get 10 Indians in a room and 10 Australians in a room and they would see the Tim Paine run out in the first innings, and the 10 Indians would say ‘oh that’s out’ and the 10 Australians would say ‘oh that’s not out’.
“If there’d been another picture in between the two we were looking at, I think we probably could have ruled him out. So the technology after 12 years of this, it still isn’t up to scratch.
“Perhaps if Tim Paine went down to the Under-16s in Hobart and umpired a couple of days of cricket, he might have a greater appreciation of what it’s all about. Personally, I thought Paul Wilson did a mighty job,” Harper said.