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Misbah backs ICC’s DRS ruling
Thursday 07 July 2011

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has backed the International Cricket Council’s decision to enforce the Decision Review System in Tests and ODIs. Misbah revealed that if the DRS is employed with the right technology then it could go a long way in helping the umpires give correct decisions.

"From my personal experience, I have found the system very useful and basically it gives the batting and fielding side a second chance if the umpires have a bad day or decision," Misbah told PTI.

According to the modified DRS, Hawk-Eye technology will no longer be used to predict the path of the ball in reviewing a decision while it is necessary to instead use the hot-spot technology by broadcasters and boards. But Misbah found no fault in the ball tracking technology from his experience of the World Cup.

"If you look at it positively, it reduces pressures on umpires in tight decisions," he said.

"I am all for any technology that makes the sport more error-free and gives more options to the competing teams and players. Obviously with every new technology there will be hiccups but once the technology gets better, it will become more effective for teams," Misbah added.

The 37-year-old also went on to back the changes suggested in the ODI format which include the use of two new balls, two bouncers per over and when power-plays should be taken.

"Cricket is a sport and also about entertainment for the people and viewers, and anything that can make the game more exciting, I will always welcome it.

"ODIs are a staple diet of cricket and there was a need to bring some innovative changes. As it is, the ball had to be changed after 34 overs and it was time bowlers were given more space in limited-overs cricket," he revealed.

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