Cricket fans have generally responded positively to the ICC’s decision to make available on-air, real-time communications between the on-field umpires and third umpire while taking a final call on umpire referrals, consultations and DRS player reviews. This has introduced a new dimension to broadcasting from the quarterfinal stage of the ICC World Cup. The official broadcaster STAR Sportswill have this particular benefit for the semifinals and final also.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was not sure if the ICC’s path-breaking move has convinced people about the need for DRS to be made mandatory for all series. “I am all for technology, but it has to be 100 per cent sure. The distance between the point of impact of the ball on the pad and the stumps is too long, and one cannot be certain if the ball would hit the target. But, India has suffered a lot in the last few years by not accepting DRS. The BCCI could review its position on the matter.”
Lalchand Rajput feels that there has been substantial interest in the real-time broadcast of conversations between the on-field and third umpires. “There could be benefits, but then again it is up to the BCCI to decide on the matter (of accepting the DRS) after giving it due consideration.”
While the two had nothing against the real-time broadcast of communication between the on-field and third umpire, former international and World Cup umpire Piloo Reporter said any communication to clarify matters on a decision should remain with the umpires alone. “The DRS is fine to get a decision correct on snicks, catches and run-outs, but not leg-before decisions. That is because of the distance between the point of impact of the ball and the stumps. I would also like them to amend the half-ball situations.”