India, SL divided over referral system

While the Sri Lankans welcomed the umpire referral system, India captain Anil Kumble said he would 'wait and watch'.

updated: July 30, 2008 16:27 IST
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Having benefitted immensely by the umpire referral system in the first Test match, Sri Lankan players have welcomed the new ICC initiative even as Indian skipper Anil Kumble chose to wait and watch.

The umpiring referral system, introduced in the ongoing Indo-Lanka Test series played a crucial role in a thumping Sri Lankan win as it helped the hosts scalp four Indian batsmen.

However, Kumble said the system required a review.

"A few dismissals were obviously negated under the referral system. The new system is something we have to take forward. It definitely requires a review but it is too early to say," he said.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said the new system definitely reduced the margin of error.

"If it wasn't used in this Test we'd probably have had four bad decisions go against us. The decisions for both Tendulkar and Dravid were tough ones for the on-field umpire", he opined.

Kumar Sangakkara, it is early to draw a conclusion about it though the umpiring referral system appeared to be promising.

"It's still early days for the technology trial but I think the referrals system is working well. It has added another dimension to the game and as players we have greater confidence in the decision-making," he said.

"It should prevent obvious errors and will ensure that a greater percentage of right decisions are made, which is what you want as a sportsman," he said.

Spin exponent Muttiah Muralitharan said the referral system was helpful for cricket as there could be "no more excuses" (for defeats).