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Isaac backs Indian board on DRS

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August 14, 2011

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Alan Isaac, the ICC vice-president, at the ICC board meeting, Dubai, October 12, 2010
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The ICC vice-president Alan Isaac has backed the BCCI's stance on the DRS, saying he too isn't convinced the technology works "well enough". The BCCI has expressed its reservations over the ball-tracking technology used for lbw decisions, saying it isn't fool-proof and Isaac felt the Indian board was "right". The BCCI, the other member boards and the ICC reached a compromise at the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong earlier this year, making the use of ball-tracking optional for each series while agreeing to use Hot Spot for every international game subject to availability.

"In my experience they are very decent to work with," Isaac was quoted as saying in the New Zealand newspaper Southland Times. "Around the DRS [technology for umpires] for example the media have tended to give [India] the blame as to why the DRS is not being implemented, but it's not only them. I personally am not convinced the technology works well enough, so we've got to do something about that."

Isaac also claimed the BCCI was right about many issues concerning cricket but divergent views in the media tend to give the impression that they are muscle-flexing and difficult to work with. "Often when [India] hold a view, they are right, but various parts of the media have a different view, whether you're Geoff Boycott or whatever. So this perception has built up that A, [India] are hard to deal with and B, they control world cricket. But in fact they are good to work with and on the DRS I actually think they are right."

Cricket was hit by the spot-fixing controversy last year, plunging it into another crisis, and Isaac said a lot is being done to tackle the problem of corruption. "It is challenging. Allegedly there is a whole lot of money being spent betting on sport, not just on cricket and betting on sport in India is illegal so it's not like you can manage it.

"In New Zealand, Australia or Singapore it's legalised betting and you can monitor more closely where bets might take place.

"Part of what we are doing is making sure the education is there, making sure the sanctions are there, there's a heck of a lot of monitoring that takes place. You will be aware that guys are not allowed to take their cell-phones into the dressing room environment and all those types of things. There's a lot of surveillance in place."

Isaac, a former left-hand batsman who captained Wellington's second team, took over as chairman of New Zealand Cricket in 2008 and was nominated for post of vice-president of the ICC two years later. He will succeed Sharad Pawar as ICC president next year.

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Posted by CandidIndian on (August 17, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

Sri1967 -Its not about India being no 1 or no 8,its about taking a stand.BCCI has problems with UDRS so they have every right to oppose.While Eng and Aus boards who are biggest supporters of UDRS should first convince their own players about it ,then try and convince BCCI.If Broad checks the bat of Laxman for Vaseline layer,or Ponting argues with umpire over decision given on the basis of UDRS obviously they dont have full faith on UDRS.So if they show dissatisfaction towards UDRS its ok and if Indian players or BCCI does ,then they are villains.We cannot have different rules for Eng and Aus ,and different rules for India or any other Asian country whatsoever.About umpires only twice India appealed to change the umpires,once in case of Bucknor and other Harper due to bad decisions given by them, but thats not dictatorship, even SA did the same in case of Steve Davis after he gave wrong decision in Durban test.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 17, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Many support DRS without knowing the nature of it. But many Technologies used in cricket has been a failure. As aus support these only because of income generate to its companies. Unfortunately many countries support DRS dont have money to get this in their series still they support blind saying tech tech tech.

Posted by Sri1967 on (August 17, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

@CandidIndia and Rabin Thaman - Mate...isn't it better to have more accurate decesions than inaccurate? Tomorrow BCCI wil say since India is no 1, we cannot allow an umpire from Australia to stand in our match if Australia is no 2. Guys, let's go with the more than the less to keep this game's beauty and spirit.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

Majority of Eng-Aus-NZ fans along with some Lankans, Saffers plus Michael Holding act as if the only problem in world cricket is BCCI. For Pakistanis anything Indian is by default, poisoned. BD anyway is Pakistan as far as India goes. I suggest they all band together and throw BCCI out of ICC and proceed to resurrect the glory of world cricket. All these principled nations should treat with contempt the revenue from India and just stand for principles and ideals.

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 16, 2011, 23:10 GMT)

Its a fashion to blame BCCI for everything.Aussies and Poms are biggest supporters of UDRS if i am not mistaken, we saw the reaction of Ponting arguing with Aleem Darr when third umpire gave the batsman not out on the basis of UDRS.Very recently we saw English players appealing and then checking Laxman's bat for Vaseline since they didnt have faith on hot spot .You blame India for not using UDRS when your own players are doubtful about it. Broad who checked the bat of Laxman for Vaseline layer ,if he has doubts over UDRS its ok,Ponting has doubts over UDRS that also ok but if Isaac has similar views he is agent of BCCI , is there any logic in this?

Posted by CandidIndian on (August 16, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

Its a fashion to blame BCCI for everything.Aussies and Poms are biggest supporters of UDRS if i am not mistaken, we saw the reaction of Ponting arguing with Aleem Darr when third umpire gave the batsman not out on the basis of UDRS.Very recently we saw English players appealing and then checking Laxman's bat for Vaseline since they didnt have faith on hot spot .You blame India for not using UDRS when your own players are doubtful about it. Broad who checked the bat of Laxman for Vaseline layer ,if he has doubts over UDRS its ok,Ponting has doubts over UDRS that also ok but if Isaac has similar views he is agent of BCCI , is there any logic in this?

Posted by GrassBanks on (August 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

Why not have DRS for all decisions and get rid of the umpires? It is so obviously better than the umpires and there will be nothing to complain about for both teams. This surely get even more decisions correct than the current referral system?

Posted by bobbington7 on (August 16, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

We are notorious of always rejecting new ideas,fashion, technonlogy etc.Finding fault with technology is foolish.Introduction of new technology is a mark of development and it has very good advantage over old ones.Nobody would like to travel in bullock carts nowadays.A society which ignores new developments in technology is doomed.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (August 16, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

I am confused. If DRS is technologically questionable, then that tech should be ditched until a better tech is invented. We want better cricket, not emotions or unsubstantiated views from media, commentators and sundry.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

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