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Ponting wants best umpires instead of neutral umpires

Ponting wants best umpires instead of neutral umpires

Former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting has called for the end of neutral umpires exclusively standing in Test matches following the succession of errors which overshadowed the start of the Ashes series at Edgbaston.

The on-field umpires, Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar are being heavily criticized for their blunders as they have already given as many as seven wrong decisions on Day 1. Out of all, five decisions were overturned with the help of DRS.

Ponting, who is part of the MCC’s Cricket Committee, feels the 2002 rule that only neutral umpires can officiate in games must be changed and also went on to say that he will ensure that the issue is discussed at their next MCC meeting.

"It's already been spoken about a lot among the players. If it's not brought up (at that next MCC meeting), I'll make sure it's added to the agenda. I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires,” he told the Cricket Australia website.