Australian captain Tim Paine might be in trouble for swearing at an umpire over a DRS decision on Saturday, but Ian Chappell says the whole system needs an overhaul.
Paine may be facing a fine and even a suspension after stump mics picked up the Australian captain swearing at umpire Paul Wilson on day three of the SCG Test against India.
“F***ing consistency, Blocker,” Paine could be heard saying after the decision review system (DRS) found Cheteshwar Pujara had not edged a Nathan Lyon ball that was caught by Matt Wade at short leg.
Paine was given out in similar circumstances at the MCG, when snicko appeared to show a slight noise as the ball passed the bat.
Stuart Clark, speaking from the ABC Sport commentary box, said a fine would be sufficient punishment.
“Tim Paine has been an ornament to the game since he took over two or three years ago. Anything more than a fine would be ludicrous,” he said.
Chappell, meanwhile, slammed the DRS as not working adequately.
“I’m not surprised that he’s frustrated with the DRS because I think it’s a load of rubbish,” he said.
“Obviously they’re not going to go back, it’s here to stay.
“I disagree with the system in many, many ways.”
Chappell said reviews should be taken out of the hands of the players.
“One of the first things you’re taught as a kid … was that ‘the umpire is always right’.
“And that was probably the first thing I was told. You don’t argue with the umpire.
“What have the administrators done? They’ve encouraged the players to argue with the umpire, via the DRS.
“And there’s many other areas where I have a problem with the DRS, so I’m not surprised that Tim Paine is frustrated by it, and I think he’d have a lot of mates in both sides who are the same.
“I’d love to have it explained to me about all the noises that can occur, that can affect the snicko, for instance.”
Technology doesn’t work in some sports: Chappell
Chappell said cricket raced to introduce the technology because other sports were doing it.
“I get the feeling that technology came into the game of cricket because it had been brought into tennis,” he said.
“Now, tennis is a lot different — we’re talking line decisions with tennis. And I can understand that and I can understand it being used in the case of stumpings and run-outs because it’s definitive.
“But you’re talking LBWs and caught behind, and caught, and to use technology to discern whether a ball has been caught on the full or whether it’s bounced, that’s just asking for trouble.
The decision-making process was not meant to be perfect, the former Australian captain insisted.
“I guess what does surprise me is that an Australian captain would use language like that,” Chappell said, tongue firmly in cheek.