Sri Lanka disappointed no review system for India

July 12, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said Monday he was disappointed that the umpire review system would not be used for the upcoming three-Test series with India. “As a player and a team, we are very much for the umpire decision review system,” skipper Kumar Sangakkara told reporters ahead of the Indian series starting Sunday at Galle in southern Sri Lanka.

Sangakkara said the International Cricket Council (ICC) should seriously consider using the review system on a permanent basis to avoid human error at crucial stages of the game.

Under the ICC rules, the host country needs the consent of the visiting team to use the review system, but Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said India had not agreed to this.

“At high levels of umpiring you get things right about 92 percent of the time. But the eight percent is also now important at the high level the game is played these days,” Sangakkara said.

“We are very much in favour of it. When we checked with India, they were not happy to have it,” Ranatunga said.

The review system, which has courted controversy since its implementation, was first used in the 2008 series between the same