Kumble welcomes Umpire Referral System

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Colombo, Jul 23 (UNI) Indian Test captain Anil Kumble has welcomed the Umpire Referral System, which would allow players to seek a second opinion on umpiring decisions.

The system is being trialled during the three-Test series between India and Sri Lanka, starting here today.

''It will obviously be helpful for the umpires and the teams.

I can't really say much till it is experimented because it's something new. We're only looking at the positive things,'' Kumble said.

''It's meant for the errors that sometimes happen. We can look to negate that and not question the umpire's decision at every possibility. These kinds of referrals may matter and change the course of the game as well,'' he added.

Kumble, however, hastened to add that umpires are still an important part of cricket.

''I don't think we are saying that umpires are redundant.

They are an integral part of the system. It's sometimes very difficult for the umpires in the heat of the moment and this is not taking something away from them,'' he stated.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to trial the review system in March, but it was delayed after England and South Africa failed to reach an agreement on it for their ongoing series.

The system allows a batsman or fielding captain to request a review of any decision by referring it to the third official monitoring television replays. Each team will be allowed three unsuccessful review requests per innings and if one is successful, they will get an additional appeal.

A player can make a request for a review by making a 'T' sign with his hands and the television umpire's decision is final.


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