But it isn’t recommended.
At the Rose Bowl yesterday, Andrew Strauss opted to review a possible edge. This was a ridiculous decision. Not because Paranavitana hadn’t nicked it (he had), but because if Aleem Dar couldn’t detect an edge with certainty, technology certainly wouldn’t be up to the task.
The man is inhumanly competent as an umpire. Doubtless the ICC keep a record of how many times each umpire’s decisions have been overturned following a review, but do they also keep a record of how many have been wasted? To question Aleem Dar is to dash a review against the rocks of his good judgement.
He stands there for six hours a day, watching every ball of a Test match and he gets virtually everything right. The man’s concentration puts Alastair Cook’s to shame and he judges line and length better than Sachin Tendulkar.
Here’s a rule for international captains: Don’t review anything at Aleem Dar’s end.
If the ICC are looking for technology to improve the standard of umpiring, they should fund research aimed at cloning Aleem Dar.