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'Referral system should be implemented in ODIs also'

cricket Updated: Feb 12, 2009 14:57 IST

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India's temperamental spinner Harbhajan Singh wants the umpire referral system to be implemented in one-dayers also to avoid dubious umpiring decisions like the ones Sachin Tendulkar got in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.

"The umpire referral system is good for the game, which is aimed at making the game more fair as both batsmen and bowler can refer any controversial decision for its correction," Harbhajan said about the rule which the International Cricket Council has tried out on an experimental basis in Test matches since last year.

"I think the system should also be there in ODIs. If it would have been implemented in the ODIs then Sachin Tendulkar would have benefited in Sri Lanka," he told PTI in an interview on Thursday.

During the ODI series against the Lankans which India won 4-1, Tendulkar fell victim to dubious umpiring decisions in all the three matches he played.

"Such types of rules always benefit the game as well as the players," Harbhajan said.

However, the referral system has its share of detractors with England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke demanding the removal of the system, citing the reason that it undermines the authority of on-field officials.