GALLE: Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has joined Coach Dav Whatmore in calling for the Decision Review System (DRS) to me made compulsory for all matches, after Pakistan cricket team fell victim to a number of poor decisions against Sri Lanka.
The first Test in Galle was blighted by the lack of DRS, which led to Whatmore calling for the immediate implementation of the system across the board, Hafeez then joined the appeal, though he did not go so far as to blame the situation for his side's 209-run defeat.
The bad decisions went both ways, as both sides were frustrated by being unable to review decisions, but it can be said that Pakistan was the worse-off side. Sri Lanka did not have the system installed because of costs involved.
"One thing I want to say is that it is time for the highest authorities to make a decision on the DRS. It should be compulsory for every game. I feel as a player, not having the DRS puts a lot of pressure on you and that pressure go to the umpires. If this technology can improve this game then why not the authorities should either go for it [DRS] or not at all”, Hafeez said.
However, Pakistan has lost the game by a record margin but Hafeez he was full of praise for his batsmen in the second innings, who nearly forced the game into a fifth day after a gritty 151-run stand between Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq.
"A big thumb up to my team for the spirit and character they showed. It was tough out there, their conduct was pleasing. I liked the way the boys fought it out on the last day when the conditions were tough. Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal showed great character” Muhammad Hafeez said.