ECB chief opposes umpire referral system

The ICC's umpire referral system should be scrapped as it undermines the authority of on-field officials,says ECB's re-elected Chairman Giles Clarke.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: February 10, 2009 11:45 am

The ICC’s umpire referral system should be scrapped as it undermines the authority of on-field officials,says England and Wales Cricket Board’s re-elected Chairman Giles Clarke who does not want it to be used during the Ashes this summer.

Clarke,who was nominated as ECB chairman for a second successive term yesterday,said instead of the current referral system in which players appeal against the umpire’s decision,the system used during the Stanford Twenty20 series where the third umpire intervened on his own in case of doubt,should be trialled.

“I saw nothing in the first Test (between England and West Indies) to indicate we should not trial the Stanford system. I mentioned its benefits to the ICC and the ECB will propose it formally at our meeting next month. The players would rather have the umpires deliberate among themselves than challenge them,” Clarke was quoted as saying by ‘The Times’.

“It is too late to change the trial system during this series but we would like to see the Stanford system tried before any decision is taken by ICC before the Ashes series this summer,” he added.

Clarke said he was also concerned about various other issues facing the game,including dwindling spectator count at venues and the future of county cricket.

“We have made much progress in helping improve the game’s finances and the single most important thing is the financial future of county cricket. We have to ensure that grounds are renovated and that the matches put on are what spectators want to watch. The strategic seminar we held last month made it clear that slow over-rates have to be addressed – spectators need to know when the game is going to finish – as do excessive drinks intervals,players going off the field for bad light when they could be carrying on,the 12th man coming on and off,and technological issues,” he said.

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