Kumar Sangakkara raises concerns over DRS

Kumar Sangakkara, former Sri Lankan cricketer, took to twitter to express his anguish over Jonny Bairstow’s mighty close Decision Review System (DRS) call for leg before wicket, which the England batsman managed to survive during the opening day of the Lord’s Test on Thursday (June 9).
Sri Lanka opted to challenge umpire S Ravi’s on-field call of not out when Shaminda Eranga thudded Bairstow’s back pad when he was on 56. The ball-tracking technology (Hawk-Eye) showed the umpire’s call standing as the ball missed the 50 per cent mark by a millimeter, as a result of which Bairstow escaped a close shave.
Angelo Mathews and Co. were left stunned when the final verdict came from the third umpire, after which Sangakkara used social media to express his strong views on the subject. Eventually, Bairstow went on to score a hundred, which put England slightly ahead at the end of Day 1 which they finished on 279 for 6.
The current DRS rule suggests that 50 per cent of the ball has to hit the stumps for a batsman to be given out LBW. The remaining 50 per cent is jointly allotted to benefit of doubt to the on-field umpire’s decision and the lack of foolproof technology, which can accurately track the path of a ball towards the stumps after hits the batsman. However, the former wicketkeeper-batsman suggested that the rule should be changed.
Mahela Jayawardene, his fellow countryman, who is now part of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee, revealed that a recommendation has been made to change the DRS rule for LBW.
“We’ve decided that the 50 per cent rule should be reduced to 25 per cent,” was quoted saying by ESPNcricinfo. “You think benefit of the doubt when sometimes umpires are considering those margins, that 25 per cent is okay, but I think 50 per cent is too much.” Jayawardene added.
The issue will be discussed at the ICCs annual meeting in Edinburgh later this month. If approved, the DRS rule will be reduced from 50 per cent to 25 per cent and is expected come into effect by the end of September.

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