Australian cricket legends Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist have called for the Big Bash League to introduce DRS (Decision Review System) following three controversial umpire decisions during the Melbourne Stars’ win over the Sydney Thunder.
Despite defeating the Thunder by 22 runs today, life was made tough for the Stars in the first innings with opener Andre Fletcher and Glenn Maxwell both dismissed in controversial circumstances.
Fletcher was given LBW and dismissed for 12 before replays later showed the West Indian was rather unlucky when ball-tracking technology revealed the ball would have missed the stumps down the leg side.
And in similar fashion for Maxwell, the big-hitting batsman was also given LBW with replays later showing the ball pitching outside the line of leg stump.
But the controversy went both ways when Usman Khawaja was given out early in the Thunder’s run chase.
Khawaja was caught behind off a Dilbar Hussain delivery before replays showed the ball had actually come off his pad and not his bat.
Waugh said all three decisions were incorrect while calling for the DRS to come into the competition.
“I reckon we need one (review per team). I think we’ve seen three bad decisions today,” Waugh said.
“We can afford the time – (just) take less time looking at boundary decisions about if someone’s touched the rope or not.
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Adam Gilchrist added: “We don’t want to see the biggest names in Australian cricket in this tournament having to leave due to errors that can very quickly be overturned. The technology is around now that it won’t take much. We don’t need to pause the game a great deal.
“Get rid of the time out, as far as I’m concerned that’s a waste. You don’t need it – it’s 20 overs! Keep the game moving. Get the DRS in and use that time to make sure the decisions are correct.
“That was a howler.”