Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has called for the contentious ‘Umpire’s Call’ for the LBW in the Decision Review System ( DRS) to be scrapped altogether, terming it as harsh and unfair on players.
‘Umpire’s Call’ is used when the DRS essentially gives the ‘benefit of the doubt’ to the on-field decision in case of inconclusive technological evidence. So when less than 50% of the ball is hitting the stumps, excluding the bails, as per the ball-tracking technology, it’s the umpire’s call. Teams, however, don’t lose out on their reviews in such a case.
Sachin reckons that the concept is flawed and argued that if the ball is hitting the stumps, even marginally, during the ball-tracking segment of the DRS, it should be given out. “One thing I don’t agree with, with the ICC, is the DRS they’ve been using for quite some time. It is the LBW decision where more than 50% of the ball must be hitting the stumps for the on-field decision to be overturned. 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 said in a video chat with West Indies legend Brian Lara.
Sachin was referring to Hawk-Eye that Tennis uses to examine where the ball has landed. But unlike cricket, tennis does not use percentages to determine whether the ball is in or out.