Star Australian cricketer Aaron Finch has questioned why India and New Zealand have three reviews each for the World Test Championship final despite having neutral umpires officiate the game. The Australian limited-overs captain backed the two review per side rule in cricket. The 34-year-old expressed his views on Twitter asking why the teams have been given three reviews each even when no home umpire is officiating the World Championship final.
While he had just made the observation on social media, responding to a fan question later, he said that he prefers the two reviews per innings rule also agreeing with the additional review change made last year.
Check out his Tweet here:
It should be noted that ongoing India vs New Zealand summit clash is being officiated by Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth. With both umpires from the host country, the United Kingdom, the World Test Championship final has neutral umpires overseeing the game. However, despite that, the teams have been awarded three reviews per innings. Finch even interacted with a few fans online, participating in some banter over his review record.
It is worth highlighting that Finch is referring to the change in regulations that the ICC implemented last year when Test cricket resumed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The World cricket governing body had temporarily removed the requirement to appoint neutral officials for a match, keeping in mind the travel restrictions. In order to cover for the possible drop in standards of decision-making, they had added an extra DRS per innings. But the same rule is being used even when the umpires are neutral at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.