Karachi, Oct 2(ANI): Pakistan’s award-winning umpire Aleem Dar has given the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) a thumbs-up, terming it “a good addition to the game”.
The DRS has become a controversial topic, with high costs and its limited scope drawing criticism from various quarters, notably from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that has strongly opposed its use.
Following the Indian team’s England tour, the BCCI sparked up the DRS debate, particularly focusing on the Hot Spot technology, and has also decided to take up the matter at the next International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting.
However, Dar, who was named the ICC Umpire of the Year 2011 for the third time in a row, said that a consistent use of the DRS would do wonders.
“There’s no issue in using technology. It’s a good addition to the game but the umpires should stop thinking about it when making a decision,” The Express Tribune quoted Dar, as saying.
Dar, who has officiated in 18 Twenty20s, 67 Tests and 146 One-Day Internationals, criticised the random usage of the DRS, advocating its implementation on a permanent basis in all series.
“The DRS should be applied on a permanent basis. It’s not being used in all series and that affects the umpires’ performance. I believe an inconsistent usage is not good for the game either,” he maintained.
Dar felt the implementation of new rules, which came in effect from October 1, have added responsibility on the umpires. (ANI)