Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has lashed out against the flaws of the Decision Review System (DRS) and has said that on occasions, it is unfair towards the bowlers. Younis was strictly against the margin of the doubt for the Umpire’s Call (Original decision) and said that the same should be increased from 50% to 75%.
Waqar explained his concept in his own words in a recent conversation with ESPN Cricinfo. “I strongly believed this 50 percent formula is not fair to the players,” Waqar said. “They should even it out a little bit by making it 70/30 or 75/25. If the ball strikes you inside the line, 25 percent it should be given out rather than making a verdict on the basis of 50 percent. Sometimes a decision is not out when it is hitting 49 percent of the stump, even though you are convinced that it is hitting flush. So that sparks frustration, this whole mechanism needs to be tweaked.”
“Even if it’s hitting the stump 30 percent, it should be given out rather than applying Umpire’s Call and a 50 percent margin. We don’t mind playing with DRS but the important factor is it should involve all elements, otherwise it will kept on leaving out a lot of controversy,” Younis added.
“This half-DRS is not acceptable and the system like this doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “You either don’t have it or have it complete. Some decisions look very ugly and that is why people complain. We have witnessed big blunders and I think the ICC should take care of it and it should be the one body controlling it uniformly for all. “Sometimes one bad decision can affect the entire game like we had in Abu Dhabi. I have already met with the ICC and suggested that they revisit their parameter,” Younis further said.