World Record holder, Muttiah Muralitharan says that the referral system is a must for all test matches in future. Sighting what took place in the third and final test, against India in Mumbai, he says that the events unfolded in the series were a real eye opener to the ICC.
"We always like to have the referral system because the pressure is off for the umpires. At the moment, there is hectic pressure on the umpires"
"If they make a mistake somebody will complain and that's the way it happens"
"In future, the referral system must be in operation."
"It's in operation in the other two series in Australia and in New Zealand,” said Murali. There were more than four decisions against Sri Lanka in the third test.
In the entire series there were many occasions that the referral system would have been welcomed. But the players and official can only say "we were unfortunate" due to ICC regulations.
Yet, in hindsight, everybody seems to welcome the referral system.
"When India was batting, every thing was against us. If the referral system was in operation, it would have been good for us," said Murali.
"I didn't count the decisions that went against us. But I think we were unlucky. Definitely we would have been in a better position if the referral system was there"
"This is an eye opener for ICC and to have the referral system in every game," the master spinner added.
However he didn't take the due credit out of the Indian batsmen, who scored 2206 in four innings.
"You should give credit to Indians as well. They batted really well. They put us under pressure and didn't allow us to bowl in one spot"
"That was their plan and they struck to it," added Mural.