A more common sense approach needs to be applied to cricket's controversial Decision Review System (DRS), former Australian test captain Ian Chappell and West Indian great Clive Lloyd said on Monday (September 23).
The DRS came under fire during the recent Ashes series between England and Australia with a number of head scratching decisions or lack of stealing many of the headlines.
There was none more controversial than Stuart Broad's edge at Trent Bridge that was given not out and because Australia had used their full complements of referrals, the England all-rounder remained at the crease.
Lloyd wants to see wider scope given to the television official to point out obvious mistakes.
"If someone has made a mistake or if some guy has hit the ball and it's really quite blatant, I think we should have a system where the guy upstairs can say 'hey, you know he's hit it'," Lloyd said in an interview at the Oval Cricket Ground in London.
"I think the point is that we're trying to eliminate cheating and if we can do that, yes. I want the best side to win. And still we still have that problem where the best side isn't always winning all the time."
A passionate and vocal lover of cricket, Chappell labelled the current laws surrounding DRS "ridiculous", particularly a recent decision by the International Cricket Council to increase the number of team referrals after 80 overs if an innings is complete.
"I mean the first thing you learn as a young cricketer is you don't argue with the umpire. And yet now it's written into the laws that you can argue with the umpire. And secondly, it's become a tactic. Now when did umpiring become a tactic in the game of cricket. That's ridiculous. I mean if you must have it, for god sake put in the hands of the umpire and take it out of the hands of the players. And to give them more referrals? Ridiculous."
For Lloyd, widely regarded as one of the best but fairest cricketers to have ever played the game, Broad's decision at Trent Bridge to stand his ground, despite knowing he had hit the ball, was a poor reflection on cricket.
"Everybody now seems to be...they don't want to walk anymore. 'Let's see if I can get away with it'. But is that the way we want to play this game?," Lloyd said.
"We want to play it like it is supposed to be played. You're out, you walk and you go in."
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