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    July 23, 2008

    Dissecting the player referral regulation

    The ICC has published the regulations around players seeking reviews of umpiring decisions (player referrals, in short). This was originally to have been implemented during South Africa's tour of England, but the two sides were reluctant to be the guinea pigs. Perhaps, if Geraint Jones (born in Papua New Guinea) had been playing, there would have found a guinea pig!

    It cannot be denied that the umpiring howlers at Sydney 2008 were what accelerated the decision-making process.

    My belief is that this is a good thing. I do not buy the argument that good and bad decisions are part of the game. I do not understand why they should be part of the game. I know that it is not possible for on-field umpires to get all their decisions right all the time. But the administrators need to either improve the standard of on-field umpires or relieve some of the stress that they go through. If this isn't done, we'll keep seeing umpires apologizing for incorrect decisions.

    Some of my thoughts around the proposed player referral system:You can vote on whether the new mechanism of players seeking a review of umpiring decisions will reduce the number of umpiring mistakes.

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