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Vettori wants referrals used sparingly

Vettori wants referrals used sparingly

One referral per team in one innings would be a better, says Vettori.

Dunedin: New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori is concerned that the new umpire referrals system could reduce the powers of the on-field officials if it is used constantly for close calls.

Suggesting that it would be better to use it to detect inside-edges for lbw appeals or nicks to the wicketkeeper, Vettori told NZPA, one referral per team in one innings would be a better idea than having the present three referrals in the on-going New Zealand-West Indies series.

"What's happening a little bit is the 50-50 ones are coming into play and I don't think that's what it was invented for. It's when you nick it onto your pad and you're given out lbw or you nick it behind and you're given not out - those are the ones we want to get out of the game as opposed to the good umpiring decisions," he has been quoted as saying.

"If you look at Flynn replay, you can see it's out but is that the reason it was brought in -to decide on such a fine-line decision?," the Kiwi questioned.

"The premise of cricket is the batsman always gets the benefit of the doubt and I think you want to still keep that part of the game in," he added.

However, Vettori himself gained from one such appeal, against Denesh Ramdin on the fourth day.

Ramdin played forward with a long stride and it appeared as if the ball was slipping down the leg side when it struck the pad. Initially given out, Ramdin challenged and Koertzen upheld the decision after studying replays for more than three minutes.

first published:December 15, 2008, 12:57 IST