Vaas votes for referral system
Feels it should be introduced to ODIs too

By S.R. Pathiravithana

Sri Lanka’s champion seam bowler Chaminda Vaas is a huge fan of the umpire referral system which the ICC has put under scrutiny once again.

Chaminda Vaas who is easily the most successful swing bowler that Sri Lanka ever produced and bagged 355 test wickets and 400 ODI wickets is also on the higher pedestal in the World cricket arena too.
Sharing his thoughts with the Sunday Times Vaas said: “It is one of the best things that has happened to cricket. I am a great believer that the game should change to keep with modern requirements, if the technology can back it. ”

However an incident that sparked during the recently concluded England-South Africa series involving the decision given in favour of the South African skipper Graeme Smith resulted in the English hierarchy submitting their reservations about the referral system. Now cricket's governing body will investigate the technological procedure used in the umpire referral system following a complaint from the England Cricket Board.

Lawyer Brent Lockie and former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd will carry out an independent investigation which was prompted by an incident in the fourth test between South Africa and England. Graeme Smith survived a review from third umpire Daryl Harper following an appeal for a caught behind. England said Harper had made a mistake by not turning up the volume on his feed from the stump microphone.
However can an isolated incident change a well calculated ICC decision which was introduced to enhance the quality of the game?

Speaking further on the referral system Vaas said, “It is one of the few bowler friendly systems that have been introduced. I know that bowlers suffer a lot with umpire’s decision made with the naked eye going against them, but with this system the bowlers get a second chance and it is up to the umpires to put the technology at hand to good use.”
Daryl Harper

The Sri Lankan fast bowler who bagged a hat-trick with the first three balls of the match against Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup feels that the system also should be introduced to one-day internationals so that even the ODI’s would improve in quality.

“It is one of the best systems introduced by the ICC for the improvement of cricket. Though it is very bowler friendly, it can work well for the batsmen too. But, at the same time in ODIs the batsmen have the batting powerplay going in their favour, so why not introduce the referral system that has equal leverage for both bowlers and batsmen. Nevertheless I feel, on the whole with this system in full effect the quality of cricket will improve”.

Vaas has just retuned to the island after a very successful stint with the Deccan Charges where he led the team to an interstate win.
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