Misbah backs ICC decision of mandatory UDRS

Misbah-ul-Haq also welcomed ICC’s decision of use of two balls in ODI matches Getty Images

Lahore: Jul 7, 2011

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has backed the ICC’s decision to enforce the Decision Review System in Tests and ODIs, saying the innovation reduces pressure on on-field umpires.

The 37-year-old batsman said the DRS if implemented with the right technology would go a long way in helping the umpires officiate games more smoothly.

“From my personal experience, I have found the system very useful and basically it gives the batting and fielding side a second chance if the umpires have a bad day or decision,” Misbah said in an interview.

The ICC announced a modified DRS for Tests and ODIs after India finally agreed to go ahead with the proposal.

Under the modified DRS, Hawk-Eye technology will no longer be used to predict the path of the ball in reviewing a decision while it is necessary to instead use the hot-spot technology by broadcasters and boards.

Infra red cameras and audio tracking devices will also now be used in the DRS. The ICC has said Hawk-Eye can be used if both boards in a series agree on it.

Misbah said he found the system very good for teams during the World Cup and even before it. “If you look at it positively it reduces pressures on umpires in tight decisions,” he said.

“I am all for any technology that makes the sport more error free and gives more options to the competing teams and players. Obviously with every new technology there will be hiccups but once the technology gets better it will be become more effective for teams,” Misbah added.

Misbah also supported the changes suggested in the format of ODIs by the ICC including use of two new balls, two bouncers per over and when power plays should be taken.

“Cricket is a sport and also about entertainment for the people and viewers and anything that can make the game more exciting I will always welcome it. ODIs are a staple diet of cricket and there was a need to bring some innovative changes. As it is the ball had to be changed after 34 overs And it was time bowlers were given more space in limited overs cricket,” he said.

Misbah said he could foresee Test matches being played under lights very soon with coloured balls.

“Day and night matches are crowd pullers and the future platform for Tests. To a professional cricketer five-day Tests mean the real challenge in cricket so it is important modifications are made for its betterment,” he stated.