Nuwan Pradeep was victim of a human error © Getty Images
Nuwan Pradeep was victim of a human error © Getty Images

To put it straight, cricket’s governing body carries the full responsibility of the howlers that keep hitting Test cricket, like the way it did on Sunday during the England versus Sri Lanka third Test at Lord’s. Nuwan Pradeep was robbed off a wicket and a batsman — who anyway enjoys many advantages — was allowed to keep piling up runs when he was out by all cricketing logic. After more than 2,200 Tests and innumerable instances where the unavoidable human error has played its part, the ICC has not mended its ways, and thus it carries the responsibility and not the on-field umpires. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD  England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 3rd Test at Lord’s

The game of cricket may have had its share of going through innumerable changes, but there still are methods that not only look primitive, but they continue to bring a lot of harm to the game. As recently as in February 2016, Adam Voges was given an embarrassing reprieve at Wellington when he was batting at 6 and he went on to add 233 more runs. English umpire Richard Illingworth’s howler of calling a perfect delivery a no-ball for overstepping resulted in a Test defeat for New Zealand — a blemish that can never be compensated for in history books.

The only constant is change and even though felicitating innumerable advantages in cricket, the sport’s governing body and its cricket committee has failed to address an issue as strong as taking the decision of calling for overstepping away from the on-field umpires. The third umpire, whose intervention is not needed frequently, turns out to be the ideal candidate for having his say.

And most importantly, the third umpire who has instant access to replays, zooming in and out for closer and better looks, can help in attaining more accuracy than it is there in the game at the moment. This change will certainly bring a lot of relief to those in the middle, who not only have to keep an eye on the bowler’s foot but also follow the entire action within a few seconds.

The requirement is to bring in 100 per cent accuracy in the game, and to eke out any scope of human error that can have a huge impact. In this case, Alex Hales could only add 36 more runs to his tally, but Sri Lanka’s argument cannot be ignored that they could have chipped away with a few more wickets.

England were ahead by 260 runs, and Hales’ dismissal ideally, would have reduced them to 132 for 6. Any bowling side would have taken it, since they would have been left with the task of cleaning up the tail and restricting the target under 300. However, the howler permitted England to drive themselves into a position where they can command, with Hales and injured Alastair Cook adding another 82 runs.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)