Remembered as the first cricketing official to refer a decision to the third umpire on television, Cyril Mitchley has spoken about the ugly fray of the DRS – Dressing Room drama, that unfolded in Bengaluru between both captains, Virat Kohli and Steven Smith couple of days back.
The South African based umpire said the players should be kept of the DRS system, which is meant to involve both the on and off field officials to take a legit call on a decision taken from either side.
The 78-year-old retired umpire, who referred the third eye to give a conclusive decision of Sachin Tendulkar’s run-out way back in 1992, did not comment on the ongoing row between both sides, but remained stern on the removal of player factor from the DRS saga.
Talking to Mid-Day from Johannesburg, Mitchley said the umpires should hold the right to refer upstairs and not any batsman or bowler.
“Give umpires the right to refer cases upstairs. They should be able to say, ‘I have a doubt and I would like to check this.’ It has to be the umpire who should reach out for technological help — not the bowler, not the batsman — only the umpire.”
The legendary umpire, however, kept this thoughts straight saying he is still an old school and is completely against the DRS. In his words, the addition of technology to bring more efficiency has deteriorated the value of an umpire and that it isn’t accurate too.
“All this technology takes away a thing called umpiring. I was against DRS right from the start. I supported India’s reluctance to embrace this particular technology because it was not perfect. DRS is still getting it wrong and we are in big trouble.”
During the second Test between India-Australia at Bengaluru, few decisions made the onlookers scratch their heads and one of them was that of David Warner. Courtesy the umpire’s call, the ball, which did not pitch on the line of stumps, went onto to miss the impact, and also just clipped the off stump, was given out, though not from the naked eye.
Mitchley feels if an umpire commits such an error, he should get negative markings for that.
“I watched Warner’s dismissal on television and that was diabolical; that was a shocker. For every bad call, the match referee can make a negative mark against the particular umpire and that according to me is the way to go.”