Lee against referring legbefore to the TV umpire

July 28th, 2008 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Australian spearhead Brett Lee feels the newly introduced umpires referral system can prove effective for run out and stumping decisions, but feels the leg before decisions are best left to the umpires. The umpire referral system was introduced for the first time on experimental basis in the India-Sri Lanka series last week. However, doubts remained over the success of the process as at least two of the decision in the first Test in Colombo came in for flak from experts as the judgements made were clearly wrong.

“The umpire referral system has its positives as well as negatives. The process could be a bit time consuming, but it will help achieve accuracy in cricket. It will be a big help in run out and stumping decisions.

“However, I feel that it is important to have some human element in the game and I think the leg before decision especially should be left to the umpires as most of the time they are correct,” said Lee who was here for a promotional venture.

While skipper Anil Kumble was the first to use the referral system, Sri Lanka got three of India’s main wickets through the referral system in the second innings.

Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were ruled out by the third umpire after the on-field umpire gave them not out.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was one of the four century-makers in the Sri Lanka first inings, had clearly caught behind soon after he had opened his account, but the referral umpire judged him not out.

In another bad decision, Sehwag was adjudged lbw, though the TV replays showed that the ball had first brushed the front pad which was outside the leg stump before hitting the back pad.

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