Give responsibility back to the umpires says John Holder

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) umpire John Holder believes that the right of appealing against umpires’ decisions should be taken away from players.


The 69-year-old, who rejected a spot-fixing offer of £10,000 to influence a One-Day International in 1993, spoke to World Cricket Badger exclusively in response to the latest controversies surrounding the umpires Decision Review System (DRS).

umpires_45289_1Many believe third umpires are reluctant to overturn their on-field colleagues’ decisions, and Holder said, “There have been at least three instances (during the Ashes) of the 3rd umpire making decisions which were blatantly wrong”.

“I worked for a time as a Regional Umpires Performance Manager for ICC and was in the Caribbean in 2009 when DRS was trialed in the West Indies v England series. All officials were asked at the end of the series how we thought the system should be used,” he continued.

“I said that on field umpires should be able to ask the 3rd umpire to check in cases where the on field man was uncertain as to what actually happened,” he added. “Having umpired for 27 years in County Cricket and officiated in 30 International matches, I know that there are times when there is an appeal and you are uncertain whether the batsman is out or not.”

“But the ICC decided to adopt the present system of two challenges per innings per team and some players, including Brad Haddin, have publicly said that the on field umpires should be able to ask the 3rd umpire and decisions should be taken away from players”.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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