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Monday, July 06, 2009

Chris Gayle Does not Like Umpiring Challenge System

(This entry was originally published in this blog December 2008 and it is based on the information of that time.)

West Indies captain Chris Gayle has said that he does not like the new system of challenging umpires’ decision on the field. Gayle thinks that two on-field umpires are enough to get the job done. He believes in acceptance of whatever decision given by the umpires, be it on his favor or not. Following the rain affected drawn first test against New Zealand, Gayle talked about his opinion on this system which is on trial during the test series.

The New Zealand Herald reported:

“To be honest I’m not really a big fan of it,” Gayle said yesterday. “You have two standing umpires out there to actually get the job done, just like we [the players] have to get the job done sometimes.”

“Some of them are a bit 50-50 on it as well. Everybody has got their opinion, but we’ll see what the outcome will be in the next couple of months.”

Chris Gayle, however, got an advantage of this system during the first test when his challenge against umpire Amish Saheba’s decision of not giving out on a lbw appeal against New Zealand batsmen Daniel Flynn, who was batting on 95 that time, was accepted by third umpire Rudi Koertzen.

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