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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT | By Star Sports

"Technology is a double edge for umpires"

Simon Taufel has called for more countries to produce leading umpires in a bid to boost "succession planning" while admitting at the same time that technology poses a "double edge" for decision-makers.


"Technology is a double edge for umpires"

Taufel, who was acknowledged worldwide as one of the best umpires in the business before retiring last year, put across his point of view on various issues concerning the game at the 13th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Wednesday.

At the moment, out of the 12 umpires in the ICC Elite panel, eight are from England and Australia. As a result, only four men - Pakistan's Aleem Dar, Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena, South Africa's Marais Erasmus and New Zealand's Tony Hill -- are currently eligible to officiate in The Ashes.

Taufel mentioned: "The neutrality guidelines mean that eight of the 12 Elite Panel umpires are not eligible to officiate (in the Ashes). We have a real need to encourage and support the other Test playing countries to invest more resources in this area. This representation trend by two countries needs more competition from the others," said Taufel, now the ICC's umpire training and performance manager.

"Umpiring is everyone's business, everyone seems to have an opinion on it but we need to alter the mindset and have all the countries investing more in the future of match officiating," he added.

Taufell also said that the Decision Review System, which has been hogging a lot of headlines albeit for the wrong reasons during The Ashes, will never be 100 percent perfect.

"The technology genie has been let out of the bottle and it's not going to go back in. I would simply advocate that we look at ways to be as pragmatic as possible so we can get more correct decisions and deliver more justice," said Taufel.

“No matter what system of technology review/referral we implement in our game, it will not be perfect or 100 percent. There are trade-offs and compromises with every system adopted," mentioned Taufel who won the ICC Umpire of the Year award from 2004 to 2008.

"Today, everyone umpires the game by watching television. The invasive nature of this broadcasting has a double edge to it - it does put more pressure on players and umpires,” he concluded.

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