Zimbabwe welcome DRS for second Test
Head coach Heath Streak has welcomed the decision for Zimbabwe to employ the Decision Review System (DRS) for the first time in the second Test against Sri Lanka, which gets underway in Harare on Sunday.
Financial restraints had previously prevented the African nation from adopting the technology and their request to the International Cricket Council for it to be used in the first Test of the series was reportedly made too late for the necessary arrangements to be made.
In addition to the technical gadgetry, including slow-motion cameras and either Hot Spot or Snicko, a specialist ICC-approved third umpire also has to be employed.
Zimbabwe were on the receiving end of some questionable decisions during the series against New Zealand in August and the first Test against Sri Lanka, and Streak is delighted that DRS will now be used.
"I think [the errors] have been well documented," he said. "I think the DRS is good and it's fair for everyone because it can negate the element of human error. Obviously anyone can make a mistake, but the less of those that have an influence on the game, the better."
Zimbabwe lost the first Test by 225 runs, a match in which broadcasters' use of Hawk-Eye showed several umpiring decisions to have been incorrect.
Home skipper Graeme Cremer also suggested that his side need to become more vociferous in their appeals for lbw after Sri Lanka were given 10 decisions in the first Test to Zimbabwe's none.
"It is something we've spoken about," he said. "We're trying to get more verbal and louder. It can definitely change a game or change an umpire's mind. We don't want to crowd the umpire, but I think Sri Lanka have got it down. Those decisions seem to go against us."