ICL's South African recruit comes out in support of technology

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Johannesburg, Jan 11 (UNI) ICL's South African recruit has come out in support of technology, afer the ruckus created by dubious umpiring in the second Test at Sydney.

The South African players who participated in the inaugural tournament of the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) said that the use of technology has yielded positive results.

Darryl Cullinan, coach of the Kolkata Tigers, said, ''The umpires were in radio contact with each other and the decisions did not take long to finalise.'' ''The technology is getting better all the time and if one looks at the technology being used in Australia , it is high time that it is implemented elsewhere too,'' Cullinan was quoted as saying by Afrikaans daily Beeld.

Umpires in the ICL games can refer to the television umpire to check on borderline cases before making a decision.

Hyderabad Heroes, South African recruit Nicky Boje, said, ''The one problem was that the umpires did not apply it consistently --they would ask for it in one game and then not in the next.'' Andrew Hall, who played for Chandigarh Lions, said the system helped umpires make the right decisions.

''If one looks at what happened in the Test between India and Australia, technology could have helped calm tempers,'' he said.

''I think nine of ten times when there is an altercation on the field, it is because of a poor decision. The fielding team is then angered and takes it out on the batsman. ''If you get the right decision, you eliminate those emotions,'' he added.


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