Sachin Tendulkar has recommended the International Cricket Council (ICC) to put an end to umpire’s call whenever the team calls Decision Review System (DRS) for Leg before Wicket (LBW). He said that the batsman should be given out regardless of what per cent of the ball is hitting the stumps.
DRS was officially introduced in Tests in 2009 and gradually, it was instigated across all the formats. In 2016, the ICC introduced umpire’s call, which means on-field decision, as part of the DRS. On an LBW decision, Umpire’s call can be overturned only if the ball-tracking software shows that more than half of the ball hit a zone that was between the middle of the off and leg stumps and below the bottom of the bails.
Sachin Tendulkar’s opinion:
Sachin Tendulkar shared a video along with his tweet where he discusses with Brian Lara on umpire’s call rule. The master blaster urged to change the on-field decision involvement in LBW’s decision, saying that technology should have the upper hand regardless of the ball hitting at what per cent.
“One thing I don’t agree with, with the ICC, is the DRS they have been using for quite some time. It is the LBW decision where more than 50 per cent of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned,” Tendulkar said in the video.
“The only reason they (the batsman or the bowler) have gone upstairs is that they are unhappy with the on-field decision, so when the decision goes to the third umpire, let the technology take over, just like in tennis, it’s either in or out, there’s nothing in between,” he added.
What % of the ball hits the stumps doesn’t matter, if DRS shows us that the ball is hitting the stumps, it should be given out, regardless of the on-field call. That's the motive of using technology in Cricket. As we know technology isn’t 100% right but neither are humans.#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/8At80AtRs5
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 11, 2020
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test series between England and West Indies, ICC has added one more DRS for each team in each innings as less experienced umpires are now officiating the match. Earlier, the two sides were allowed only two DRS each.