DRS: 5 Simple Ways to Fix Controversial Cricket System

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DRS: 5 Simple Ways to Fix Controversial Cricket System
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Whether you are English or Australian, there's been too much focus on the Umpire Decision Review System (commonly known as DRS) in this year's Ashes and not enough attention given to the actual cricket.

In fact, technology issues have been such a distraction that some have even called for the system to be scrapped altogether. As Australian writer Martin Smith put it for Yahoo! Sports:

This Ashes series has proven that the DRS, in its current form, is a complete embarrassment and a blight on the sport.

After the first two Tests were marred by blatant errors and reckless misuse of the system by umpires and players, the opening day of the third Test unfortunately delivered more of the same.

As Smith himself admits, the major issue is the misuse of technology. You don't dispense with free speech because extremists abuse it, and you don't go back to a time before DRS because people are implementing the technology incorrectly.

The DRS is here to stay, and what it needs are a few simple tweaks to defuse the controversy that it has generated in recent times.

So I've done the ICC's job and made five simple recommendations.

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