The “Umpire’s Call” clamour is far from done, as debates regarding DRS continue to erupt on social media.
Since the dramatic event in the South Africa vs. Pakistan match, the Decision Review System (DRS) drama in the Cricket World Cup has refused to die away. “Umpire’s Call” divided the cricketing community, implying that the technology’s margin of error requires “umpire’s call” to be plugged. However, there are many who believe that if the technology indicates that the ball has hit the stumps, regardless of the margin, the verdict should be in favour of the bowler. The dispute has spread beyond the cricketing world, with popular Bollywood actor Ayushman Khurrana also weighing in.
After South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi escaped a leg-before appeal by Haris Rauf, the TV umpire decided to remain with the on-field umpire’s decision to give not out, intense arguments erupted on social media.
The entire scenario ultimately led to Pakistan’s defeat in a critical World Cup encounter on Friday in Chennai.
South Africa were nine wickets down at the time, and a favourable ruling would have given Pakistan a new lease on life in the tournament.
“At this time, the umpire’s call will not be reversed.” After all, the primary aim of DRS is not to lessen or replace the job of umpires, but to enhance it by rectifying errors. This, I believe, is the ideal method,” an official with long experience with the DRS system told PTI on the subject, as calls for the ‘umpire’s call’ to be deleted were made.
“The whole system has undergone several tweaks in the last few years to keep it relevant while giving good share of space for both technology and prediction,” the source said.