English all-rounder Ben Stokes insists he wants the referee’s decision REMOVED in terms of line of assessment and impact
English star Ben Stokes wants referee’s call REMOVED when assessing line and impact … while Indian batsman KL Rahul warns ICC to make cricket ‘too perfect’ following changes in stump height in ratings
- Virat Kohli claimed last month that the referee’s decision is causing confusion
- However, Sportsmail columnist Nasser Hussain defended his role in the game
- Ben Stokes believes it has a place to decide if it hit the stumps
- But the English star called for the referee to be called online and the impact removed
English star Ben Stokes believes that the referee’s call in assessing the line and impact for assessments of LBW decisions should be eradicated from play.
The use of the referee’s call came under scrutiny last month during the English tour of India, with Virat Kohli claiming it is currently ‘causing a lot of confusion’, believing there should be no more discussion about what percentage of the stumps touch the ball when a decision is reviewed.
Sportsmail columnist Nasser Hussain, however, defended his role in the Decision Review System [DRS] and insisted that it remain in place to account for the technology’s margin of error as it can only predict where the ball would have hit.
English star Ben Stokes has called for the referee’s line and impact to be removed
India captain Virat Kohli (right) said there is currently a lot of confusion over the referee’s decision
And speaking on Red Bull’s ‘Decoding Athletes Podcast’, all-rounder and World Cup winner Stokes agreed with the former England captain, but called for the referee’s call in the judgment line and impact to be removed.
Stokes also believes the cameras make it easy to discern where the ball has been thrown and made contact.
“I think the referee’s call should stay on stumps because that’s a prediction after what happened,” Stokes said.
‘But I think the referee’s call with pitching in line and impact should be eradicated because you can physically see where the ball was thrown, and you can physically see where it hit you.
“ If the ball has thrown in line or hit you in line, I think it should just be green, while the ball hitting the stumps is a prediction.
“ You can physically tell from all the cameras they have if it’s thrown in line or hit in line, or if half the ball is out or half the ball is in. ”
Stokes’ comments come just days after the ICC decided to go ahead with the referee’s call as part of DRS, while also agreeing to extend the height of the stumps to the top half of the bail.
Bowlers now seem to have a better chance of getting more LBW decisions in their favor, if and when a decision is sent for review thanks to the change.
But India star KL Rahul warned the governing body that they risk making cricket ‘too perfect’ and losing its ‘charm’ while changes are constantly being made.
“The level of referees is getting better and better,” said Rahul. ‘There will be changes in the coming years.
Stokes believes that the cameras should be able to show where a ball has landed and made an impact
‘I recently read about the ICC [increasing the height of the stumps]… I’m not exactly sure of the exact details.
‘The ICC is also continuing to work on things. You can’t really try to make the game too perfect or it will lose the charm of a sport. ‘
In an announcement earlier this week, the ICC said it had modified the DRS protocols for LBW ratings to ensure “ the same referee call margin around the stumps for both height and width. ”
“The cricket committee had an excellent discussion of the referee’s call and analyzed its use in detail,” said former India captain Anil Kumble, who headed the ICC committee.
An ICC committee led by Anil Kumble (above) extended the height of the stumps in ratings to the top half of the bail
The basic premise of DRS was to correct obvious errors in play while ensuring that the referee’s role as decision maker on the playing field was maintained, taking into account the element of prediction involved in the technology.
“Umpire’s call makes that happen, so it’s important that it stays.”
Meanwhile, Stokes also admitted that England are seeking revenge this summer in the Test arena in a series of five matches against Kohli’s home-grown men, after losing the most recent red-ball series between the two teams by 3 -1.
“The schedule is pretty full,” he added. ‘That rivalry that India and England have always had, it’s a great series to be a part of.
Wherever the series is played, it always gets great appeal from all over the world. We are looking for revenge after the test series we just had in India. ‘
But India star KL Rahul warned governing body they risk making cricket ‘too perfect’
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