Ashes: ICC backs umpires and DRS in wake of Trent Bridge opener

Last Updated: 16/07/13 5:55pm

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Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar: Backed by employers

Kumar Dharmasena and Aleem Dar: Backed by employers

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The International Cricket Council has mounted a staunch defence of its umpires and its Decision Review System in the wake of the Trent Bridge controversies.

Aleem Dar's failure to dismiss Stuart Broad was the most high-profile of a series of disputed decisions during the first Ashes Test in Nottingham.

And the DRS, introduced primarily to eliminate obviously incorrect calls, did not reprieve Jonathan Trott when he was given out lbw despite an inside edge.

But, according to the ICC's official analysis of the Test, the DRS ensured 95.8% of correct decisions were made as opposed to the 90.3% which would otherwise have stood.

And the organisation's chief executive David Richardson has gone out of his way to support the three umpires on duty - Dar, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus.

He said: "The umpires did a good job under difficult conditions. This reflects the calibre of umpires Dar, Dharmasena and Erasmus who have consistently performed at a high level.

"Like the players, umpires can also have good and bad days but we all know that the umpire's decision, right or wrong, is final and must be accepted.

"While the ICC has complete faith in the ability of its umpires, our confidence in technology is also strengthened by the fact that there was an increase in the number of correct decisions in the Trent Bridge Test through the use of the DRS.

"Technology was introduced with the objective of eradicating the obvious umpiring errors, and to get as many correct decisions as possible.

"If it can help increase the correct decisions by 5.5%, then it is a good outcome, but we must continue to strive to improve umpiring and the performance of the DRS."

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