Umpire’s refferal at last
Nov 15, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
This column may have been sounding like a broken record when we continued over a long period to advocate the Umpire Decision Referral System which was the brainchild of Sri Lanka Attorney-at-Law and cricket enthusiast Senaka Weeratne. From the shaows of an elusive past it has, at long last given birth. It will finally see the light of day.
The Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies will have the system in operation. Good that the two countries and others concerned have finally arrived at this decision. Posterity will look back and thank the cricket leadership of the two sides for blazing a trail.
Putting the system in place costs a lot of money. But what is unacceptable is that while the sponsors of the telecast Ten Sports has volunteered to bear the major share of the cost, the International Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket will share the rest of the cost.
Now this is inexplicable. The ICC is the ones who are insisting on this system. Then it is appropriate and right that they pocket the major share of the cost. With the mega dollars that they are making, it was their duty to play a bigger role in this episode.