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SBD Global/August 7, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

England Cricket Coach Andy Flower Says Decision Review System 'Must Improve'

England coach Andy Flower has been outspoken against cricket's Decision Review System.
England cricket coach Andy Flower said that the use of the Decision Review System "must improve in the remaining two Ashes Tests against Australia," according to Neil Gardner of the LONDON TIMES. The use of DRS was "a big talking point after yet more contentious rulings" in Manchester, England, with former England captain Mike Brearley suggesting that the system "needs an overhaul." Flower said, "I think there are improvements that can be made. There are improvements in the use of technology and the use of experts who know how to use the technology that could make a difference to getting better results" (LONDON TIMES, 8/6). In another piece, Oliver Kay opined DRS "is here to stay." The "genie of technology has been let out of the bottle." We "cannot go back to a situation where it is commonplace for the umpires and the players to be the only ones unaware of the facts of the situation when a mistake has been made." The "increase in the percentage of correct decisions, and in visibility, leads to less resentment and ill feeling between teams on the field, and umpires on the whole like it." The "biggest problem with the DRS system as presently employed is, in my view, that it is not used universally, not controlled by the ICC but by TV companies." There is "no system, no human adjudicator," that is perfect. Technology, too, "will occasionally fail to pick things up" (LONDON TIMES, 8/6).
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