Sri Lanka, India captains clash on umpire reviews

MUMBAI, December 6, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday called for the umpires’ review system to be made mandatory after India defeated his side 2-0 in the Test series. But his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not in favour of the umpires’ review system, saying it was not “100 percent fool-proof.”

India won the third and final Test by an innings and 24 runs here on Sunday to rise to the top of the International Cricket Council’s official Test rankings.

Sangakkara, whose team had also lost the second Test in Kanpur by an innings and 144 runs after the first match ended in a draw, said umpiring errors contributed to the defeat.

“You got to accept the fact that we were outbowled and outplayed,” Sangakkara told reporters.

“But not to have the review system when every other side in the world is using the review system, it becomes an extra handicap and it cost us quite a huge amount of runs in the last two Tests.

“This series is probably the best advertisement for having the review system when decisions cost us over 500 runs and a lot of wickets.”

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), which allows batting or bowling team