Renowned former ICC elite panel umpire Steve Bucknor has brought into question the legitimacy of television replays in cricket amidst the ongoing debate over its accuracy. The former FIFA referee also weighed in on the stump microphone debate. Bucknor says he is in agreement with the use of technology in cricket but says the systems have been manipulated in the past.
Speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Sports Grill with host Simon Crosskill on Tuesday, Bucknor recalled a specific situation in which persons tampered with the devices which ended up benefiting the host nation in a closely contested.
Meanwhile, Bucknor who officiated in 128 test matches and 181 ODI’s, including five consecutive World Cup finals, says despite the recent criticisms from former test captains and players, stump microphones remain a necessity in cricket. The issue once again came under the microscope recently as stump microphones picked up Joe Root's response to an apparent derogatory comment made by Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, resulting in Gabriel being suspended for 4 ODI matches.
Meanwhile, the 72 year old admitted to being disappointed to have officiated during the decline of West Indies cricket despite it providing him with the opportunity to stand in five World Cup finals. Bucknor who had football coaching stints with Munro College and Cornwall College, referees and umpires in the United States on a weekly basis.