‘When we know that technology isn’t itself 100% correct’: Umpire Nitin Menon explains the need of Umpire’s Call
Ever since the Decision Review System came into existence, the ‘Umpire’s Call’ has been the biggest point of debate. While several former cricketers have urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to do away with this system, Indian umpire Nitin Menon believes that it should persist.
Menon, who is the youngest umpire on ICC’s Elite Panel, officiated in the recently-concluded four-match Test series between India and England which the hosts won 3-1. He was spot on with a majority of his decisions. Rarely was a decision of his overturned by the TV umpire.
In an interview with the news agency ANI, Menon explained how ‘Umpire’s Call’ is going to stay until the time ball-tracking technology doesn’t achieve a cent percent accuracy.
“See, first of all, Umpire's Call means regarding decisions which are very close, the decisions which are 50-50 which can go either way, goes with the call of the on-field umpire. It is not a completely perfect decision that has been overturned, so it is a 50-50 decision which can go either way, to the batting side or the fielding side. When we know that technology is not itself 100 per cent correct, so that is when you need the Umpire's Call,” Mennon was quoted as saying.
“When we know technology is not 100 per cent correct, so whatever the on-field decision is given, since it is a very marginal call, so we will stick with the decision the on-field umpire has given. This concept needs to be understood by the general public because they are not aware of why Umpire's Call concept is there in DRS. It is basically because it was a marginal call and 100 per cent technology cannot say whether it was hitting the stumps or not,” he added.
When asked how tough it can be for umpires when there are players constantly trying to put pressure on them, Menon said, “See, the thing is if we keep doing our job honestly and in a Test match, the players see us doing our job and when they are confident of our ability, when they see our decision-making, automatically they start respecting our decisions.”
“Obviously there will be some moments which will take place in the heat of the moment because it is a high-stake game. There is nothing personal between anyone, as I said, when players start knowing and understanding the umpires better, they start developing respect and mutual understanding. There is nothing like pressure from individual players because, at the end of the day, we are there to give our best and whatever the game expects of us, we generally do that,” he added.
(With ANI Inputs)