Umpire Decision Review System a Sri Lankan idea

Thursday, 11 February 2010, (Ceylon Daily News): In 1997 a Sri Lankan lawyer Senaka Weeraratna proposed the use of a Third Umpire in an appellate capacity with powers to entertain and decide upon appeals from a player dissatisfied with the decision of an on field umpire.

Twelve years later after much debate and discussion in the cricket world the ICC accommodated Weeraratne's proposal in the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS). The rule became applicable in Test Cricket from October 1, 2009.

Even though the key mechanism of the UDRS is Weeraratne's proposal the ICC has still not recognized his authorship. Though the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has accepted his authorship it has also shown a lukewarm attitude and not canvassed vigorously to get it accepted by the ICC.

Even the international media remain silent on the question of authorship in this case. This is in contrast to the established practice in the ICC where two Englishmen, for example , Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis were projected as authors of the Duckworth Lewis rule applicable to rain affected one-day matches.

We cannot understand the logic of the ICC unwillingness to give credit to Senaka Weeraratna. Only reason we could surmise is that it is yet another instance of racial prejudice.

The ICC must realize that the West has lost its hold on the cricketing world as more Asian, African and Latin American nations are taking up the game. It is high time that the ICC got down from its colonial ivory tower and recognizes talent wherever it is found. ICC reluctance to give in is just not cricket.


Anonymous's picture

Why are they not acknowledging this? Surely not racial prejudice. More a case of they have just forgotten?

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