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11th May 2020

Technology Ian Gould: Umpire’s call should be removed if DRS is available worldwide

Technology Ian Gould: Umpire’s call should be removed if DRS is available worldwide

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The DRS system was introduced into Test cricket in 2009

‘Umpire’s call’ should be removed from the decision review system, says former umpire Ian Gould.

The DRS was introduced into Test cricket in 2009 and it is now used in all three international formats.

Gould said umpire’s call, which relates to an lbw decision, should not be used if DRS is available worldwide.

“You have to have DRS worldwide and if you do that, I’d take umpire’s call out,” said Englishman Gould, who stood in 251 international matches.

If a player reviews an lbw decision and less than half the ball is hitting the stumps, the on-field umpire’s call stands.

Teams no longer lose a review if a review is shown to be umpire’s call.

“My argument is you can’t go to one place and have 37 cameras on every decision you make, then you go somewhere else and there’s only 10,” Gould, 62, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show.

“It’s unfair. It doesn’t equal the game up.”

The use of DRS is irregular in women’s cricket. Global tournaments run by the International Cricket Council tend to have the technology, but bilateral limited-overs series do not.

In the men’s game, Cricket Ireland could not afford the technology for their Test against Pakistan.

Gould, who retired last year, said umpires were “not massive fans” when the technology was first introduced.

“If a batsman came forward and was hit on the pad, then it was not out,” he said.

“Then all of a sudden you were seeing these things in front of you.

“That was the hard bit. When I first joined, a lot of senior umpires felt as though they were being shown up.”

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