Pakistan coach questions Sri Lanka's double standards on DRS

By Rex Clementine | June 25, 2012

Dav WhatmoreGALLE — Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore questioned Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC's) double standards, after the board failed to provide the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) technology for the ongoing series between the two countries.

There were at least 11 wrong decisions made by the on-field umpires on the first three days of the first Test and Pakistan were at the receiving end of most of them. Thus far, eight decisions have gone against Pakistan.

"I think the home board here had it against England, so why aren’t we having it here? I don’t know," Whatmore, himself an ex-Sri Lankan coach, questioned.

"It doesn’t seem right to me that in one series you can have it and in another you don’t. It’s very difficult to understand."

SLC made use of the UDRS system for the recent Test series against England but opted not to use the technology for the current series. The UDRS system allows players to contest wrong umpiring decisions.

Special cameras are required for the UDRS system. And for each Test match, the equipment is said to cost around $US 150,000. But SLC is facing a severe financial crisis at the moment.

"What is important is for the Decision Review System to be made mandatory for every series. I think that will go into rectifying a lot of things. Anything that will help make a better percentage of correct decisions is welcome," Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning coach Whatmore said.

The Pakistan captain’s report to the ICC will most certainly point out a number of umpiring errors.

"What I need to say will be done through official channels," Whatmore added.

"There’ll be a bit to say but I can’t make any public comments. If I do that, I’ll be in trouble. We’ll do it the right way."

Summing up the status of the game, Whatmore agreed it’s a near impossible task for Pakistan to save the game with two more days left in the Test match.

"Clearly, the first day was a bad one for us. They were 300 for two. The subsequent days haven’t been that bad. We got eight wickets in the second day for 170. You take that on any day. But we didn’t do well in our first innings towards the end of day two," he admitted.

"We can’t win this game, that’s for sure. We’ve got to try and draw it somehow. There are two days to go and maybe someone upstairs will do something about it."

© Rex Clementine/The Island


Ali Zaidi's picture

The umpiring decisions have always been harsh to Pakistan. This test reminds me of the Bangalore Test 1999 between Pakistan and India where four decisions were given against Pakistan on the last day of the test to make Kumble get only the second ten wicket haul in the history of test cricket.

Taufeeq Umer, Asad Shafeeq, Younis Khan all were given out when they were not out actually. Keeping the resistance that Younis and Asad are showing in this innings, I wonder what the situation of the match have been, had they been allowed by the umpires to stay on ground as long as they don't get out.

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@ Ali Zaidi : Thanks for your complete False information. For your info India and Pakistan never played a test match in Bangalore, 1999. Then about "Last day four decision went against Pakistan" are 5 catches (Only one by wicket keeper, That too clean) 2 bowled and 3 LBW(Expect one all are clean ). I dont know how you make it up.

(Last edited by Sakthivel on June 25, 2012 - 05:43)
Ali Zaidi's picture

there wasn't a Bangalore test doesn't mean you didn't get it.
Second, remember how Ijaz Ahmed got out. it was a clear bounce of the ground right after it hit the ground and then caught, third umpire proved his biasdness in that decision. go see the videos.
Afridi was caught behind and there was no edge whatsoever. there was a sound and that too of bat hitting the pad. hundreds of reviews were circulated those days which took up the same points.
Also the first innings of the first test of that same series when Saeed Anwer was given out caught behind while his bat hung up way above his helmet and the ball brushed his chest pad.

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@ Ali Zaidi :Kid Your are pouring all wrong info here. Ijaz ahmed was LBW first ball (No third umpire called)in that match, not caught as per your comment. First comment you say four wicket against Pakistan, now you come up with two(Which one was totally wrong). Looking for your new creative comments. Giving me good time pass.

(Last edited by Sakthivel on June 25, 2012 - 13:00)
Junglee's picture

Sure SL cricket decided that UDRS was not required for this series as series ia between two friendly countries Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Having said this tere could be other reasons like (a) No money in SL Cricket to pay for it. (b) Thought of saving some money by SLC (c) may be the people who provide UDRS did not agree to pay a 10% commission back to the SLC committee members who buy it (normal practice in Sri Lanka).

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