Ricky Pointing

Ricky Pointing Criticized MCC committee and wants Ditch Neutral Empires.

Ricky Ponting called for cricket to abandon its requirement to have neutral referees after a series of incorrect decisions in the first series of Tests of the Ashes in England.

Pakistan’s Aleem Dar and the West Indie’s Joel Wilson, are criticized after multiple of their calls were overturned by the review system during the 1st days at Edgbaston.

Ponting, who sits on the influential Cricket Committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), said he would make sure the issue is discussed at their next meeting.

Pointing tells Cricket Australia’s Website that:

A lot has already been talked about the players. If it is not mentioned (at the next MCC meeting), I will make sure it is added to the agenda. I’d like to think the game has gone far enough that the game doesn’t have neutral referees.

People might say that with all the technology we have now, it doesn’t matter much. But it’s not a good show when obvious decisions are made.

There’s been a lot of negativity about the DRS (Decision Review System) over the years, but we’re very lucky to have had it (in Edgbaston).

Neutral Empires

The International Cricket Council ordered the use of neutral referees in 2002. Meaning that English and Australian officials, widely regarded among the best in the world, cannot be part of the Ashes series.

Ricky Pointing also stated that:

Ponting pointed to Englishman Richard Kettle borough as a top referee forced to miss out. Surely Richard Kettle borough and the like would like to be refereeing the best series. The best referees can end up getting lost in all the big tournaments.

It could also force referees to retire a little earlier when someone like (former Australian referee) Simon Taufel spends most of his life (overseas), which is a little harder than spending time in Australia.

Shane Warne Also Criticized MCC

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is another member of MCC’s Cricket Committee. He also criticized the arbitration on the first day of the Edgbaston Test, calling it “horrible.”

England is bowling very well. The arbitration has been horrible since the first ball and also the process of reviewing the right ones in Australia.

The MCC Cricket Committee is a guardian of the game’s laws. It is an independent body composed of current and former players and referees who meet twice a year to discuss sports-related issues.