Shane Warne says ‘enough is enough’ after another umpire screamer spoiled Wednesday night BBL match between the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers.
Heat batsman Tom Cooper received LBW despite clearly hitting the ball and BBL does not have a DRS review system.
Referee Tony Wilds’ decision followed Simon Lightbody’s howl at Manuka Oval on Tuesday night, who saw Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja not coming out despite clearly notching the ball.
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If DRS existed not only in international cricket but also in BBL, both decisions would undoubtedly have been overturned.
“Oh my God!
“What’s going on with this arbitration?” Australian legend Warne has asked for comment for Fox Cricket.
“Enough is enough.
“We’ve seen too much.
“If we want to take this competition seriously, we have to have the DRS.
“Cricket Australia just has to pay for it.
“We can’t have these decisions.”
“I feel for Tony, he just made a mistake, but we’ve seen too much.”
“If we want this competition to be up there with the best competitions in the world, I’m sorry, but it’s not fair for us here at Fox, or Channel Seven, the rights holders, to pay for DRS.
“It’s a cricket competition in Australia.
“We think for these guys it’s nothing personal against each of the umpires… we know the umpire job is such a tough job.
“But we just can’t have these decisions and mistakes.
“It’s human, we’re going to make mistakes, but we need the DRS.”
BBL would have the luxury of DRS if it didn’t cost so much money, former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell says Cricket Australia has not introduced DRS to BBL due to the financial burden.
“The only reason DRS is not in T20 cricket is that they can’t afford it. Broadcasters can’t afford it,” O’Donnell told SEN.
“You can say it’s mandatory for every game, but then your license fees go down. It’s a very simple math equation.
“The only reason DRS isn’t there is because the physical content and the technical content cannot be delivered in the country as it should, and they are unaffordable.
“So there you go. Full stop. I would love to have it, but they won’t.”
Broadcasters Fox and Seven copy the entire DRS bill for testing and limited edition cricket every Australian summer.
It is estimated that the introduction of the system in BBL and WBBL would cost $ 7-10 million per season.
The DRS debate only took three BBL10 games to ignite this summer, when Melbourne Stars opener Andre Fletcher received LBW before reruns showed the ball tracing the side of the leg .
This questionable call was followed by Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell who was given LBW, despite reruns showing the ball had thrown outside the leg stump line.
And the drama continued in the Thunder’s innings when Khawaja was trapped after attempting to play a ramp shot, despite technology showing the ball had indeed grazed his pad.
Maxwell took to Twitter after the howler to suggest Cricket Australia should use the technology they already had to overturn shocking decisions on the pitch.
The all-round superstar said all that was needed to land on the right decision was “a stump mic,” “different camera angles” and “a basic understanding of cricket,” as opposed to the “fancy bells and whistles of the DRS “.
The debate on the DRS is one of a multitude of issues in which the BBL has found itself enveloped.
The fact that the competition has gone from 31 games in its inaugural 2011-12 season to 61 games for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 tournaments has led many to complain about the saturation decreasing the product.
And the introduction of three new rules for BBL10 – Bash Boost, Power Surge, and X-Factor – has drawn the ire of thousands of experts and fans, including former BBL cult figure Brad Hogg.
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