Tendulkar favours technology

NEW DELHI - Umpires should be left to adjudge only leg-before decisions while technology takes care of the rest, according to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

NEW DELHI - Umpires should be left to adjudge only leg-before decisions while technology takes care of the rest, according to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar, 36, who begins his 21st year in international cricket next month, even advocated rotating on-field umpires every session of a Test match to give them adequate rest, but denounced the referral system.

Tendulkar, a veteran of 159 Tests and 431 one-day internationals, said he was in favour of more technology in cricket to make the umpire's task more accurate.

"It is tough for the umpires to watch the no-balls and watch what's happening in the front," he was quoted as saying on the India Today website.

"For basic line decisions like no-balls and run-outs, you must have a laser or something like that. Something like what you have in tennis to decide serves."

Tendulkar said bat-pad decisions can rely on television X-ray technology called "hot spots", which clearly illustrates the first point of contact of the ball.

"They should use the hot spot for bat-pad decisions, so the main umpire has to make only the leg-before calls," he said.

"I'm quite happy with the hot spot because that establishes the contact. For caught behind, the hot spot will come. For close-in catches, again the hot spot will come." - Sapa-AFP

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