Salman Butt voices ‘Decision Review System’ doubts

July 31st, 2010 - 6:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 31(ANI): Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has defended his side doing without the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) during a batting collapse in the first Test against England, saying that the technology on offer was “not a hundred percent”.

Pakistan were in the midst of a slump that saw them decline to 47 for six on the second day at Trent Bridge when Azhar Ali was given out caught behind for 14.

However, some replays indicated that he had failed to make contact.

“This technology, Hawkeye is not 100 percent and neither is Hotspot. When the ball hits the sticker on the side (edge of the bat) it doesn’t leave a mark,” The News quoted Butt, as saying.

“If the batsman knows he has hit the ball there’s no point taking a chance because if it’s up there on the big screen it’s pretty embarrassing. I think it was very honest of Azhar Ali, good sportsmanship. He edged it and he walked straight away,” he added.

Under DRS, both sides are allowed two unsuccessful challenges before they are barred from requesting a referral for the remainder of an innings.

However, in order not to delay the game, they must make it clear within a matter of seconds of the umpire’s original verdict whether they wish to call on DRS or not. (ANI)

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