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. DRS was officially introduced in the game of cricket in 2009 and since then, several additional rules have added to it to improve the decision.
Before the introduction of DRS, the umpire’s decision was paramount. The players were taught that umpire’s decision was ineffable and could not be questioned. According to Chappell, following this exercise helped players in discipline and self-control. However, DRS involvement has encouraged disagreement between player and on-field umpires, as per the former cricketer.
“‘The umpire is always right and you don’t argue with his decision’ used to be the first lesson a young cricketer was taught. This admirable exercise in discipline and self-control is now not applicable as the introduction of DRS is encouraging a form of player dissent,” Chappell wrote for ESPNcricinfo.
Ian Chappell on the introduction of third DRS in England vs West Indies series:
Ian Chappell gave the example of the ongoing Test series between England and West Indies, where an additional review is included. The two teams are, usually, allowed two DRS each but in this series, three reviews will be allowed. This step was taken for giving fair decisions because local umpires are officiating the match as neutral umpires could not travel amid the pandemic. Chappell has not supported this move of the ICC, saying that it manipulates the whole system.
“The look of disdain on the face of umpire Richard Kettleborough after three of his decisions were overturned early on day two of the first Test between England and West Indies, was ample proof of his feelings about the system at that moment.
“My sympathies were with Kettleborough, one of the better umpires on the international panel. And with the return to a third review in the pandemic era, there are signs the system is being manipulated,” Chappell said referring to the technology that was used for the first time in 2008.
DRS should only be in hands-on umpire: Chappell
The Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) was earlier against DRS because the board distrusted the new technology. However, gradually, the BCCI introduced the review system in all the formats. But Ian Chappell is still against the DRS technology because he believes umpires, not players, should only be given the right to use them.
“There was a time when the BCCI distrusted the DRS. I’m no longer in lock-step with the BCCI on this because I still don’t have much faith in the DRS…Right from the outset the DRS should have been placed in the hands of the umpires; players shouldn’t be part of the decision-making process,” he wrote.
“And the equipment and personnel involved in the DRS should be controlled and employed by the cricket authorities and not the television production company. The DRS – properly constituted – is an important ingredient in cricket decision-making; it’s not part of the day’s entertainment.
Ian Chappell is a high-profile cricket commentator. He played 75 Tests and 16 ODIs where the right-handed top-order batsman scored 5, 345 and 673 runs.