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Senaka Weeraratna conceived and authored the ' Player Referral' concept which became the lynchpin of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in Cricket.
Senaka Weeraratna is the innovator of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and he has claimed recognition from the International Cricket Council for the authorship of the UDRS.

Here are the copies of letters sent to him by International Cricket Council’s Legal Head David Becker and his reply.
Authorship of DRS: Sri Lankan claims recognition from ICC


Senaka Weeraratna is the innovator of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and he has claimed recognition from the International Cricket Council for the authorship of the UDRS. Here are the copies of letters sent to him by International Cricket Council’s Legal Head David Becker and his reply.
Authorship of the UDRS - Evidence in the 'London Times' (May 2, 1997)
The Key Elements of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) or sometimes called the DRS are as follows:
Daily Mirror' Article on Sri Lankan claims to authorship of UDRS
Senaka Weeraratna is the innovator of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and he has claimed recognition from the International Cricket Council for the authorship of the UDRS. Here are the copies of letters sent to him by International Cricket Council’s Legal Head David Becker and his reply.
The field umpire’s immunity limits appeal rights
By Senaka Weeraratna
(Attorney-at-Law)
The Island – March 21, 2003
Melbourne Cricket Club Library Bulletin ' Yorker' ( Dec. 20, 1998)
The controversy on claims of authorship
The Umpire Review Decision System (UDRS) which is now applicable in Test Cricket came into operation on October 1, 2009 after a long gestation period. It has radically altered the adjudication process as it allows for the first time in cricket history a player to appeal against the decision of on-field umpire in respect to the dismissal of a batsman, to the third umpire. The on-field umpire's decision is no longer treated as sacrosanct. This rule has been put into effect to reduce the number of mistakes of on-field umpires and thereby enhance the degree of accuracy of cricket's adjudication process.
UDRS : Sri Lankan idea - Overwhelming evidence
UDRS - the Sri Lankan Connection
UDRS - the Sri Lankan Connection
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013
By  Cricket Observer
Appeal to Sri Lanka Cricket
In 2009 Weeraratna made a written appeal to Nishantha Ranatunga, Hony. Secretary, Interim Committee, Sri Lanka Cricket, requesting SLC to intercede on his behalf and more importantly on behalf of his country, Sri Lanka, at the ICC, and obtain due acknowledgement for his authorship of the Rule, as the country would be the biggest beneficiary if the innovation of a Sri Lankan in respect to reform of Cricket Rules, was recognized internationally.

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Point-blank: Amidst the DRS controversy spare a thought for Weeraratna
Upali Dharmadasa holds the key to Sri Lanka's claim for UDRS authorship


Authorship of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) - A Plea for Reparative Justice
Cricket Observer
International publications
Sri Lanka - a Joy to the Cricket World

Sunday 6th April 2014 was a history creating day and in Colombo it was undoubtedly a night to remember. The roar of the lion reigned supreme when Sri Lanka celebrated another cricket milestone winning the T20 World Cup beating favorite India in Dhaka. The party atmosphere throughout the streets of Colombo was astounding with the Lion flag waving and Sri Lankans overjoyed at what their team had achieved.
Sri Lankan’s brainchild, UDRS saves Sri Lanka from defeat in Test Match with England
Two factors played a crucial role in the dramatic outcome at Lords. Nuwan Pradeep and the UDRS. Nuwan Pradeep’s name figures as having won a reality show but he showed he knew more about cricket than most would give him credit for. He chose not to accept the LBW decision given by Australian Umpire Paul Reiffel and instead used the player referral option now available to dissatisfied players but limited to two appeals per side per inning and called for a review of the decision by the third umpire (under the Umpire Decision Review System) which clearly showed he was not out.
The Two Heroes of the Lord's Test Match

The article in the bottom half of the page has the title 'The Two Heroes of the Lord's Test Match' and is focused on the draw successfully achieved by Sri Lanka in the First Test match played against England at Lords.
Cricket - UDRS ( Upali Dharmadasa as President of Board of Cricket Control in SL acknowledges receipt of my proposal in 1997)
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to put on trial the challenge system where players will have the right to contest umpiring decisions during the upcoming Test and ODI series between Sri Lanka and India once again brings to the forefront the individual who initially suggested such a move 11 years ago.

The Proposed Foreign Investment Authority Law of Sri Lanka (1976) - A Critical Analysis
LETTER FOR MR. UPALI DHARMADASA Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket

Dear Sarath
Further to my previous email and newspaper report in the Sunday ‘Nation’ newspaper on the
22nd June 2008 where Mr. Upali Dharmadasa, the President, Board of Control of Cricket in Sri Lanka in 1997 acknowledges receiving my proposal on the Umpire Referral Rule and then instructing his CEO Mr. T. Mirando

The DRS - A Sri Lankan idea adopted by the ICC
Not many people are aware that the much talked about Decision Review System (DRS) was an idea developed by Sri Lankan Senaka Weeraratna. Weeraratna a Sri lankan lawyer, is said to have developed the idea of gaining the assistance of the third umpire with the use of technology in an event where one team or party appeals due to dissatisfaction of the decision made by the on field umpire.
'Daily Mirror' Article on Sri Lankan's claims to authorship of UDRS - August 30, 2011
Player Referral Questioned - Senaka Weeraratna
The need to adopt UDRS (also called DRS) in cricket universally has now become a hot topic in the light of India’s sensational defeat in a thrilling Test Match played against Australia at Adelaide. India’s stark obstinacy in refusing to allow UDRS to function contributed to its own downfall because several blatantly wrong umpiring decisions that went against India in this match particularly in the tense final day could not be corrected because of the absence of the UDRS.
Decolonize Cricket: Re-name UDRS as the Weeraratna Rule



The ICC Champions Trophy has concluded and a feature article in a Sunday newspaper titled ‘Recognition of the Authorship of UDRS’ by a cricket observer, showcases some key facts that we need to take cognizance of in the realm of sports, particularly in the game of cricket.
Two Responses to Shenali Waduge 's article on ' Sri Lanka’s claim for UDRS authorship
Appeal to Sri Lanka Cricket
In 2009 Weeraratna made a written appeal to Nishantha Ranatunga, Hony. Secretary, Interim Committee, Sri Lanka Cricket, requesting SLC to intercede on his behalf and more importantly on behalf of his country, Sri Lanka, at the ICC, and obtain due acknowledgement for his authorship of the Rule, as the country would be the biggest beneficiary if the innovation of a Sri Lankan in respect to reform of Cricket Rules, was recognized internationally.

For how long can the ICC cheat and deprive Sri Lanka of credit for authorship of UDRS?
The need to adopt UDRS (also called DRS) in cricket universally has now become a hot topic in the light of India’s sensational defeat in a thrilling Test Match played against Australia at Adelaide.
We must stop all this tinkering with the umpire review system
The umpire review system has improved the number of correct decisions made, but needless adjustments have only confused players and fans
UDRS - Legal claims for recognition of authorship
UDRS - Legal claims for recognition of authorship
Giving recognition where it’s due
Conspiracy of Silence detrimental to Sri Lanka - Recognition of Authorship of UDRS
When the odds were mounting against Sri Lanka in the second semi – final match of the ICC Champions Trophy played between India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff on June 20, 2013, both Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews successfully reviewed two close lbw calls each, and survived for a little extra time though that did not affect the final outcome except in the margin of defeat. Their innings were effectively saved by the UDRS.
2 Responses to “Upali Dharmadasa holds the key to Sri Lanka’s claim for UDRS authorship”

SLC lets down Sri Lanka by ignoring Lankan’s claim for authorship of UDRS
Appeal to Sri Lanka Cricket
In 2009 Weeraratna made a written appeal to Nishantha Ranatunga, Hony. Secretary, Interim Committee, Sri Lanka Cricket, requesting SLC to intercede on his behalf and more importantly on behalf of his country, Sri Lanka, at the ICC, and obtain due acknowledgement for his authorship of the Rule, as the country would be the biggest beneficiary if the innovation of a Sri Lankan in respect to reform of Cricket Rules, was recognized internationally.

Is it jealousy or simply a couldn’t care less attitude that stops a country from taking up a just cause on behalf of one’s own countryman who has been engaged in a lone battle almost single handedly to claim public recognition of his authorship of the player – referral rule which underlies the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) used not only in cricket but in other sports as well.
he International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to put on trial the challenge system where players will have the right to contest umpiring decisions during the upcoming Test and ODI series between Sri Lanka and India once again brings to the forefront the individual who initially suggested such a move 11 years ago.
Burmese Prime Minister U Nu's visit to P.J. Weeraratna & Sons, Colombo,on Feb. 2, 1950
Sir U Thwin, Senaka Weeraratna (small child), in the arms of his father Dharmasena Weeraratna, while Burmese Prime Minister U Nu (extreme right ) looks on.
Legal Cultures Meet - Sri Lankan Lawyers Annual Dinners in Melbourne, Australia (1990 and 1991)
A notable series of Annual Dinners of Lawyers of Sri Lankan origin were held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia beginning in the early 1990s to provide opportunities for better social interaction and meeting of legal cultures.