To review or not to review
June 28, 2012 @ 17:00 pm
The ICC, in its recent board meeting, has come up with a decision, which was arrived at through informal discussions. However, sources say that the conclusions arrived at were far from mere coffee table dialogue and will be confirmed post the next board m
Every time a batsman feels that an appeal for “Out” is not correct or if a bowler does not agree with the decision of an umpire, claiming a “Not out”, then either one can make a “T” call, with their arms, by which time the Third Empire begins analyzing the movement of the ball using desired camera angles or infrared technology.
Try to remember some crucial moments in matches that have ended with the final judgment of the third umpire; when a spell of silence was put to work on the whole stadium and those viewing it from home, until the final decision was made. The Australian skipper, Ricky Pointing, admitted at the end of the game that he had edged the ball, but said he chose to stay at the crease because he has never been a walker. "There were no doubts about the nick - I knew I hit it," Ponting said. "But as always, I wait for the umpire to give me out. That's the way I've always played the game."
So the decision brings us to a crucial question that has out-questioned us many times before i.e., is technology the pole bearer of our downfall? We trust technology to make certain decisions for us because it can do away with the human characteristic of deceit and also bring along, with it, accuracy. Empires are humans; they can be wrong with accuracy but consider what Pakistani bowler, Saeed Ajmal, claims. According to him the DRS showed the line of the ball deviating more than it actually did. Also Sreesanth had bowled a yorker and the umpire declared it not out. Dhoni referred it to the third umpire and a replay showed it might have missed the leg stump, so the original decision was upheld. Hence, the only advantage of the DRS is that it is able to do away with deceit, in case an umpire chooses to favor one team.
As of now the ICC has ruled that the present arrangement will stay until a debate in October brings forth a clearer conclusion. Who’s going to wait till October? MTV feels that the same decision must stay because making the use of DRS mandatory will reduce the importance of the empire, who are very much part of the Game that has been sustained for so many years. Who knows, there won’t be any empires to declare then, we will surely miss Billy Bowden.
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