Umpire's Call In Decision Review System Should Be Scraped: Glenn McGrath

Umpire’s Call In Decision Review System Should Be Scraped: Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath, former Australian pacer has joined in the DRS debate around the existence of umpire’s call and said that it needs to be removed.

Several former players including Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar and former umpire Daryl Harper have also said that umpire’s call doesn’t do justice to the game.

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath. Credits: AFP

Glenn McGrath Doesn’t Like Umpire’s Call As He Wants To See Change In Decision Review System

According to the ICC rules, the on-field decision stays after DRS review if there is no conclusive evidence to overturn it. In the case of LBW appeals, the on-field decision by the umpire stays if more than half of the ball misses the stumps even after clipping the stumps.

Glenn McGrath on Saturday said that things in cricket need to be transparent and argued that umpire’s call needs to be gotten rid off, bringing change in DRS.

“I don’t like umpire’s call, I think we need to get rid of it and just have it black and white. To me that’s (David Warner’s LBW dismissal) not umpire’s call, that’s out. If that is not out then nothing is out half the time. I would like to see a little change in DRS,” Glenn McGrath said on Sony Network.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Getty Images.

David Warner was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for the 10th time on Saturday. The batsman went for a slog-sweep and missed a tossed up delivery from the off-spinner and was adjudged to be LBW by the umpire. But he went for the review almost immediately and television replays showed a part of the ball clipping the stump and he had to leave the field as the on-field umpire had originally ruled it out.

Sachin Tendulkar: DRS System Needs To Be Though roughly Looked By ICC Especially Umpire’s Call

A few overs later, Steve Smith survived a similar call. Although nearly the same amount of the ball was hitting the stumps on review as shown by TV replays, this time around, but since the on-field decision was ‘not out’, Steve Smith was given a life-line.

Just two weeks ago, Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to argue that umpire’s call rule doesn’t do justice to players who take the reviews after being unhappy with the on-field umpire’s decision.

“The reason players opt for a review is because they’re unhappy with the decision taken by the on-field umpire. The DRS system needs to be thoroughly looked into by the ICC, especially for the ‘Umpires Call’,” Tendulkar wrote on social media.

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Apart from Glenn McGrath, Tim Paine, Australian skipper was left frustrated with the Decision Review System (DRS) during their second Test loss to India in Melbourne, saying his controversial dismissal was wrong and might have cost his team the match.

Josh Hazlewood, Australian pacer, believes giving one unsuccessful review to each of the teams first and second innings might be a better option and may work in favour of cricket.

Ian Chappell, former Australian captain, has advised revamping Decision Review System (DRS) rules because it creates dissent among players for the umpires on the field.

Veteran Indian commentator, Aakash Chopra has revealed that MS Dhoni, one of the finest customers of the technology wasn’t really in favour of using the DRS when it first came to light in 2008.

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