Bowden says no to more technology in cricket

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Five-day Tests would be a thing of the past if cricket made greater use of technology to rule on dismissals.

Bowden says no to more technology in cricket

Wellington : Five-day Tests would be a thing of the past if cricket made greater use of technology to rule on dismissals, New Zealand umpire Brett (Billy) Bowden said today. Bowden said that the increased use of video replays and third umpires to judge lbws and catches behind would destroy one of cricket's central principals, that batsmen should always have the benefit of the doubt. "For lbws for example, what good is technology?" Bowden said, citing a sophisticated video replay system called Hawkeye. "Are we going to use the Hawkeye? If we do there won't be any more four- or five-day Test matches, they'd be one- or two-day Test matches," he said. Cutting down Bowden was responding to a proposal to allow teams to refer three decisions in every innings to a video umpire for consideration after an umpire has already ruled. The proposal will be discussed by the International Cricket Council's cricket committee at its next scheduled meeting. "At the end of the day, cricket players and captains cannot question an umpire's decision. I think cricket is the only sport that you cannot, " he added. Bowden said technology had already encroached on areas which were once the umpire's sole preserve. Right decisionsReplays were now commonly used to rule on runouts and stumpings and to determine whether a ball had crossed the boundary. "At the moment the statistics are saying that we get about 92 per cent of the decisions correct. I can say that players make mistakes, umpires make mistakes. Let's just get on and move on," he said. Bowden also said that he approved umpiring innovations trialed at the recent ICC Champions Trophy limited-overs series in England. They included using the third umpire to rule on no balls and equipping umpires with ear pieces which amplified the sound of the ball touching the bat. (AP)

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