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UDRS should be mandatory: Sangakkara

Colombo: Disappointed that the umpire decision review system would not be used in the three-match Test series against India, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara today said the UDRS should be implemented on a permanent basis to avoid umpiring errors.

Sangakkara rued that despite Sri Lankan players being in favour of the system, it would not be used in the series starting at Galle from July 18.

“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 told reporters here.

“As a player and a team, we are very much for the umpire decision review system,” he said.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga had earlier said that the UDRS was dropped since the BCCI was not in favour of it. Under the ICC rules, the host country needs the consent of the visiting team to use the review system.

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

The three Test series starts at Galle on July 18, before moving to Colombo for the second and third match at the Sinhalese Sports Club on July 26 and at P Sara Stadium on August 3.

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