Ian Chappell asks for DRS reduction
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has asked for a reduction of ‘on – field chatter’ and the use of Decision Review System’.
“The incessant on – field chatter has to be drastically reduced. It should drive a batsman mad, but if it doesn’t, it’s the equivalent of a fingernail on a chalkboard for the television viewer” – said Ian Chappell.
Chappell has further called for reducing the usage of DRS; opining about one of these latest additions in world cricket, the legendary Aussie captain said, “It should also be under the sole control of umpires. The adjudication process should not turn a captain into a Money or the Box contestant, with onlookers shouting advice from the sidelines.”
“The DRS should not include reviews to determine if a fielder has caught the ball. M Vijay caught Josh Hazelwood in Dharamsala. Any fair-minded slip fielder will confirm it was a legitimate catch; a fielder does not catch the ball with his fingers pointing straight towards the ground…It’s just that the foreshortening effect of the cameras made it appear otherwise on one replay,” said Chappell.
The just completed Border – Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia had been marred with controversies over DRS issue when it was said that Aussie skipper Steve Smith sought for advice from the dressing room seated team management before taking a ‘review.’