Pak oppose hot spot, appointment of Davis

Pakistan have objected to the use of Hot Spot ball tracking technology and also to the appointment of umpire Steve Davis in the ongoing Test series in South Africa.

According to a report in the daily ‘Express’ on Sunday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) outlining its objection to the use of the Hot Spot technology in the first Test against South Africa.

“The PCB wrote the letter to the ICC after the team management in South Africa requested the board to talk to the ICC over the use of the Hot Spot technology and the posting of Steve Davis in the series,” the report said.

Davis was the third umpire in the first Test in Johannesburg and many of the referral decisions went against Pakistan. Most of the referrals were adjudged with the help of the Hot Spot technology which appeared to be inconclusive at times.

“The team management has clearly stated it doesn’t want the ICC to post Steve Davis again in the series and that the Hot Spot technology should also be dropped for the remaining matches of the series,” the report added.

It said that the ICC has not responded to the letter.

“The PCB is also unhappy with the way decisions went against their team in the first Test and have told the ICC they feel the Hot Spot technology is not reliable,” the report stated.

The PCB in its letter has, however, made it clear it still supports the use of the Decision Review System, but not Hot Spot in the current series.

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