ICC annual conference June 27, 2011

A victory for both ICC and BCCI

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The decision to make a modified DRS mandatory across Tests and ODIs is being considered a victory by both sides. The BCCI was quick to emphasise that they had not changed their stance on the DRS and the ICC was confident it had won over the last and strongest opponent of the review system in its previous form.

At the end of a day that contained several meetings at the annual conference in Hong Kong, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat had only one comment to make. "This is only the end of day two of what is a Test match," he told ESPNcricinfo as he left a cocktail party held for all the delegates.

The DRS decision had not been brought to a vote during the morning session of the chief executives' committee meeting. Later in the afternoon, the word "unanimous" was quickly and repeatedly used to explain how smoothly all the differences had been resolved.

The discussions over the DRS and the FTP were expected to begin on the first day of the ICC's conference, along with the cricket committee's other recommendations concerning playing conditions. ESPNcricinfo learned that they were deferred to the second day because there were said to be fairly frosty exchanges during the meeting. Members were given the impression by the BCCI's statements that there was a possibility that the FTP's final design could be linked to their opinions on how the DRS recommendation was handled at the meeting. Some officials strongly implied this was the case, though others like Gerald Majola, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, dismissed it outright.

The FTP agreement, which has been sent up to the ICC's executive board for approval, is vital for all Members as television rights are sold based on the itineraries drawn up in advance. The presence of India in the schedule brings the largest chunk of member boards' earnings. It is important to note that seven of the ten Full Member nations (excluding Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India) will draft new television deals in the next 12 months. Any freeze in relations with India reflecting in the FTP would have a direct bearing on the value of those broadcasting agreements.

When the meetings resumed on Monday the common opinion was that, while everyone agreed on the necessity of the DRS, it would be advisable to opt only for the technologies that everyone agreed with. This led to the ball-tracking technology being removed and the infra-red camera being included in the list of mandatory requirements for the DRS.

The BCCI's acceptance of the DRS is particularly ironic. The suggestion of a review system for umpiring decisions was first brought to the ICC's attention, an official said, "about six to eight years ago," by Duncan Fletcher - then coaching England but now working with the Indian team. In his first press conference as India coach, Fletcher's comment on the DRS was cut short by the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan with the statement, "Mr. Fletcher doesn't know BCCI's stance on DRS". It has now changed. Or perhaps it has been allowed to stay the same.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Tatom on June 30, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    How can b this victory of BCCI, BCCI being the most staunch opposed of DRS, is now bound to agree with ICC. So its better to mention that its victory of ICC

  • dummy4fb on June 30, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Once the Umpire calls it a No Ball a batsman takes risk and plays the ball as he will not be given out. But on replay if it is not a no ball, the decision cannot be reversed as the batsman got out as the no ball was declared. What will be the decision now?

  • dummy4fb on June 30, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    What is the Umpires input? DRS, Hawk eye, hotspot are all helpful and should be used as tools for better calls. Just like anyother game- tennis for example

  • dummy4fb on June 29, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Good decision to not make hawkeye mandatory. For everybody who is supporting for hawkeye and it should b compulsory: So many times till now the hawkeye could have shown the ball hitting the stumps when it wouldnt have or the other way round. how much accurate can it be if the ball pitches on dust or crack? But i still feel that it could be used to see where the ball pitches atleast. Also spending such money in technologies should help umpires correct the maximum number of decisions. Instead of just having one or two referrals, the third umpire should be allowed to check and change the decision at times. More often than not, he can do it before a batsman given out walks past the boundary. That would be a bettersolution to the number of referrals

  • anver777 on June 29, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Neither to ICC or BCCI.... ultimately its a victory for world cricket !!!!!!

  • Acton49 on June 29, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    If the umpires have any sense, don't give anyone out lbw. Without hawkeye Indian bowlers vociferous appeal bordering frenzy is the only way they were getting wickets. It is about time the ICC have the guts to call all the shots and not BCCI. This is indeed a black day for cricket.

  • dummy4fb on June 29, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    human umpires will help writing the score book/statistics. drs will be the on field umpire. robots will play. earthlings will stay away. aliens will wacth the game.

  • Richik on June 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @Cricket.Buff: How and why would Hawk-Eye only help Swann & Anderson, as opposed to Harbhajan & Zaheer?? The decision to make Hotspot mandatory, instead of HawkEye/VirtualEye was purely based on accuracy of the technologies. While I agree that no member board should have the power to influence ICC, I feel that for once a good decision has been made in the interest of world cricket, and let us celebrate that.

  • dummy4fb on June 29, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    BCCI... Though this constitutes progress of sorts, ball-tracking is necessary. I can understand (though they are often wrong) arguments against Hawkeye predicting ball bounce, how can one be opposed to Hawkeye tracking the line of the ball? Money (BCCI) colonising the cricketing world...

  • willmot on June 28, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    Preventing the use of ball tracking , the main use of DRS will probably help keep India at No. 1 for a little longer and keep the money flowing in for BCCI.Nothing more needs to be said.

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