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Ex-Oz cricketer calls for ban on 'dreadful' DRS system

Sydney, Mon, 19 Nov 2012 ANI

Sydney, Nov 19(ANI): The contentious Decision Review System (DRS), currently being used in the Ryobi Cup competition in Australia this season is in utter mess, and should be banned immediately, according to former cricketer and South Australia coach Darren Berry.

"The DRS system on trial (in Ryobi Cup competition) is a mess and causing players, coaches and umpires unnecessary headaches," Berry wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Cricket Australia must intervene and make the change and abolish this system immediately. Don't wait until the end of the summer and then have endless meetings on the matter. Make the call now and put it in the bin," he added.

"The domestic DRS was designed originally to eliminate the absolute howler of a decision made by umpires, which we all agreed would be good practice. The system has now escalated in use and, to be frank, is out of control," he wrote.

Berry added: "The third umpire is not supposed to review all appeals, but has the right to review any decision he deems worthy of such action, based on the first replay he receives from the broadcast. He is supposed to only overturn the decision if he deems a genuine standout mistake has been made."

"I am old fashioned in my beliefs at times but I believe part of the beauty of our great game and its unique nature is the decision-making of the officiating umpire in the game," he wrote.

"This new system is not developing the umpire's confidence under pressure. It can't be good to have a decision you make overturned on international television. I'm not sure it's promoting the come-join-the-umpiring-fraternity line," he further added. (ANI)

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