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Younis philosophical after umpiring howler

January 17, 2011

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Younis Khan walks off after being wrongly adjudged out. -Photo by Reuters

The Pakistan-New Zealand series has become an advert for the benefits of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) after Pakistan’s Younis Khan became the latest victim of an umpiring error.

The third day of the second test at Wellington was marred by a hint of controversy with Khan given out caught in close by Jesse Ryder for 73 off Daniel Vettori on the final ball before the tea break.

Television replays showed the ball had ballooned off the batsman's pad, without touching his bat, to Ryder at forward short leg.

It was the seventh decision in the match that could have potentially been overturned by the UDRS, which is not in use in the series, though Khan remained philosophical.

“It was a good partnership with the captain, we were a little bit unlucky because it was 150 runs partnership and we could have gone on,” he said.

“It's the nature of the game, the umpires are human. You can't blame anyone for the decision.

“In future we need it (UDRS) regularly in the test game and one-dayers, and also Twenty20 as well.”