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Dilshan and Misbah support DRS
Monday 31 October 2011

The much maligned Decision Review System has found backers in the form of rival captains Tillakaratne Dilshan and Misbah-ul Haq who have called for the use of the DRS in all international cricket.

Sri Lankan captain Dilshan has reasons to back the DRS after his key batsman Kumar Sangakkara was adjudged leg-before in their nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the second Test on Saturday.

Dilshan said he was in favour of making the system available, especially when pinpoint decisions need making.

"I cannot comment over what went wrong on the decisions. I am very happy if the DRS is there when the match is going 50-50, it is important to have it," said Dilshan, who was wrongly adjudged caught behind in the drawn first Test in Abu Dhabi.

"If bowlers and batsmen can get 100 percent correct decisions it is really good, especially in Test cricket we need DRS," added Dilshan.

The DRS was first used on a trial basis in 2008 with teams allowed two unsuccessful challenges per innings in Tests and one in a one-day on decisions by the on-field umpires, but the system was forcefully opposed by India.

Pakistan captain Misbah said he was always a great supporter of the DRS.

"I always speak about DRS and am in favour of the DRS. It really helps teams and umpires so I am in favour of the DRS and it should be there in all international matches as I see it as a great initiative," said Misbah.

The Pakistan Cricket Board last month announced it will use DRS only in the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka, which follows the three-Test series.

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