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Pakistan want DRS for all Int’l matches

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has again confirmed his support for the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in international matches. “The DRS is an effective tool to rectify any umpiring errors which mean a lot during tight and close matches,” Misbah told reporters after returning home on Saturday following test and one-day series defeats in Sri Lanka.
“The ICC and cricket boards must work towards a unified DRS system for world cricket.” Pakistan complained about poor umpiring decisions during the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle which they lost heavily. The Sri Lankan cricket board did not use the DRS for the series against Pakistan although it did do so in matches against England this year.
A Pakistan Cricket Board official said it was trying to secure sponsorship for using the DRS in the upcoming one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. “We believe it is a technology which is good for cricket and helps both teams that is why we will keep on supporting its use,” the official said.
The International Cricket Council decided against making the use of DRS mandatory, leaving it up to individual boards to decide when to use the technology. Misbah said Pakistan’s future was secure with the emergence of promising young players despite losing the Test and one-day series on their tour of Sri Lanka.
Pakistan lost the five-match one-day series 3-1 and three-Tests 1-0 on the tour which ended on Thursday. They levelled a two-match Twenty20 series 1-1. The Test defeat ended Pakistan’s unbeaten run of seven series since losing to England on the 2010 tour which was marred by spot-fixing allegations in the Lord’s Test. That unbeaten streak also included a 3-0 whitewash of world number one Test team England earlier this year.
Misbah, who captained Pakistan since their defeat against England in 2010, deplored the defeats on the Sri Lanka tour. “Defeats in the one-days and Tests are disappointing,” Misbah said. “We could have won the one-day series but our fielding let us down in the last two matches.” Pakistan hired former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore as head coach and Englishman Julien Fountain as fielding coach earlier this year, but their fielding has still been a gray area.
“The Test defeat was also unfortunate. But the performance of young players like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Junaid Khan assured Pakistan has a good future,” said Misbah. “Our junior players did very well in the Tests. Ali, Shafiq and Junaid have done well in the series and with their performance we can say that our future is secure,” said Misbah.
“In difficult situations these players performed well for us. The way Adnan Akmal played (in Pallekele Test) with a fractured finger is a good sign. Junaid is a big plus.” Ali scored two hundreds in the Tests, while Shafiq hit a match-saving century in the final Test at Pallekele which ended in a draw. Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 209 runs while the rain-hit second Test in Colombo also ended without a result. Left-arm paceman Junaid took 14 wickets in the three Tests, including five-wickets hauls in the second and third Tests. Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez said team’s loss in the first T20 match was due to inexperience. “We had a number of new players in the Twenty20 so the first match was lost because of inexperience but we came back well to win the second game,” said Hafeez.



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