To be out or not to be

Monday, August 28, 2017

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Dear Editor,

It is very unfortunate, and a hard pill to swallow, when a batsman who is going great guns is mistakenly given out, leg before wicket, or caught behind by the umpire.

Concerning the current 2017 Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament, if I am not mistaken, the Hawk-Eye, which is said to be 90-odd per cent accurate, is not being used. I wonder why.

I feel more comfortable when the Hawk-Eye is on display than when we have to rely on the umpires to make a decision, whether a batsman is out or not.

We have seen so far in this ongoing Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League series that some batsmen have been controversially given out by the umpire. And that's not good at all for a batsman, who is in dazzling form, to be given out when he is truly not out.

On the other hand, there are also times when a batsman is out and that call is not made. Umpires are not perfect and will make mistakes at times. However, I believe that the Hawk-Eye is the best and most effective tool for a cricket match in deciding if a batsman is out or not.

Donald J McKoy




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