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Gayle wants umpire referral system scrapped

December 15, 2008 18:25 IST

West Indies cricket captain Chris Gayle wants the ICC's referral system for umpiring decision abolished as he feels it undermines the authority of on-field officials.

His call for scrapping the system comes close on the heels of New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori expressing his unhappiness with it. 

Vettori said teams should be allowed just one unsuccessful appeal per innings, instead of the prevalent three, which would allow umpires to give the benefit of doubt to batsmen more often.

However, his West Indian counterpart has no love lost for the referral system.

"I'm not really a big fan of it. They have two standing umpires out there to actually get the job done," said Gayle who also sympathised with Flynn's dismissal. 

"Sometimes the decision will be in your favour, sometimes it won't. That's what has been happening over the years," Gayle was quoted as saying in Fox Sports.

The ICC is expected to give a verdict on the referral system early next year whether to introduce it for all Tests and Gayle said he would speak his mind if his opinion is sought.

The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies saw seven referrals made, with Koertzen spending a total of 30 minutes on deliberation.

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