Steve Waugh says umpires must interpret DRS better

Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh believes technology is here to stay.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Published: August 7, 2013 2:37:17 am

Notwithstanding the controversy surrounding the Decision Review System (DRS),former Australia skipper Steve Waugh believes technology is here to stay. At the same time,he said DRS cannot be successful without good umpiring.

“I’m no Nostradamus. I can’t tell what lies in the future — whether DRS will be persisted with or not. But I believe it is here to stay. I have said many times the DRS is a very good system. But the umpiring hasn’t been probably as strong. Umpires still play the most important role and good umpiring is mandatory for DRS (to be successful),” said Waugh,who was in Kolkata on Tuesday to visit Udayan,a residential centre for the rehabilitation of leprosy patients’ children.

The future

Waugh knows that India don’t like DRS and admitted that the BCCI has some genuine concerns.

“Everyone needs to interpret the system better. Of course India have their reservations. I think in the future there will be some technology that players as well as the media like,” he said.

Corruption in cricket is another issue that has rankled Waugh. He maintains that cricketers must be subjected to polygraph tests. “I strongly believe that lie-detector tests can curb the menace. I shouldn’t have any problem facing it if I’m honest,” he said.

His past

In Kolkata,meanwhile,he was bound to be asked questions related to Sourav Ganguly. Just a few days ago,Waugh had accused the former India captain of not respecting the game as he felt Ganguly “deliberately” turned up late for the toss during Australia’s 2001 India tour. On Tuesday,however,he praised Ganguly for making India a “tough unit” as captain. About MS Dhoni his observation was plain and simple: “He (Dhoni) is a magician.”

Waugh was impressed to see Australia fighting back strong and having the better of the drawn Old Trafford Test. “It’s a young side which has the potential to become a good side,” he said. “If they can make it 2-2,it would be an amazing result.”

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