Referral system shouldn't be used for LBWs: Lee

Updated: 01 August 2008 06:34 IST

Brett Lee on Monday gave a thumbs down to the newly-introduced umpire referral system, saying it should not be used for deciding leg-before dismissals.

Referral system shouldn't be used for LBWs: Lee

New Delhi:

Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee on Monday gave a thumbs down to the newly-introduced umpire referral system, saying it should not be used for deciding leg-before dismissals.

The system, which allows each team three unsuccessful referrals against on-field umpire's decisions, is on trial in the ongoing Test series between India and Sri Lanka.

The system has evoked mixed reaction from players with some saying that it has helped the game become error-free, while others criticising it for eroding the on-field umpire's authority and slowing down matches.

Lee felt it takes away the element of human error which makes cricket an intriguing sport.

"It's good for stumping and run outs but I believe the human element should always be there. For leg before decisions, I like the (on-field) umpire to take the call and I think most times they do get it right," Lee said.

The Australian pace spearhead has been on a high for the past several months, earning back-to-back man of the series awards in the Test series against Sri Lanka and West Indies and completing 300 wickets in the longer version of the game.

His red hot form earned him rich praise from West Indies great Viv Richards, who put him in the same bracket as Caribbean legends like Joel Garner and Michael Holding.

Lee said he was humbled by Richards' praise.

"It was a great feeling... to be praised by somebody like him is certainly special. Those were lovely comments that Viv made and I felt humbled," he said.

Away from cricket, Lee shot for his maiden Bollywood movie 'Victory' and said it was not all that tough as he just had to play himself in the movie that also stars newcomer Harman Baweja and Amrita Rao.

"Shooting for Victory was a very good experience. We had fun on the sets. Harman was a nice co-star and it was a great experience working with him," he said.

The 31-year-old pacer also has plans to release a music album soon.

Topics : Cricket Brett Lee
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