ICC news June 28, 2012

DRS won't be forced on India - Richardson

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dave Richardson, the ICC's new chief executive, has said that India would not be forced into accepting the universal application of the Decision Review System (DRS). The BCCI has been the sole objector to making DRS mandatory in international cricket and the ICC's Executive Board decided not to put the issue to a vote on Tuesday.

In his first day on the job, as the successor to Haroon Lorgat, Richardson said that while the majority of players and umpires back the DRS to rule on marginal or controversial decisions, India could not be dragged "kicking and screaming" to comply. The ICC's failure to enforce the universal application of DRS means it will only be used in bilateral series when both national boards agree to it.

"The point is that the BCCI need to make that decision for themselves," Richardson said at the close of the ICC's annual conference in Malaysia. "It's never good to take anyone kicking and screaming to do anything.

"The introduction of technology has always been controversial ... but, slowly but surely, that's changed and I think we're pretty much at that point where everyone is accepting, certainly at international level.

"I don't think [the Executive Board's decision is] negative at all. We'll be seeing DRS used in the majority of series going forward and there would be no sense in forcing anything upon anybody."

India's resistance to DRS stems from their 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial. N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has said that the system would only be supported when it was "100 percent error free".

Richardson said: "The bottom line is, the ICC board determines policy for the ICC going forward. I don't think my job will involve any special negotiations with India. A lot is made of that but there are ten full members and I think our task is a lot more simple and a lot more practical than these high-level talks you might imagine."

As well as Richardson succeeding Lorgat, Alan Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, has taken over as ICC president for a two-year term, succeeding Sharad Pawar. The ICC has voted to make the presidency a ceremonial position from 2014, with power passed to the new position of chairman.

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  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Icc should force india for the betterment of cricket

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    kingcobra85, SL vs PAK series do not available DRS.Because host SL has lack of funds.Already both teams captains has insisted on DRS. I think U may remember when Pak n SL series was in UAE where DRS was available. Therefore, now only India is against it

  • Arulprakash on June 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    If India is the sole protester against DRS why didnt SL Vs PAK series have DRS ?

  • kumar on June 29, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    When all the countries except India are readily accepting DRS why are they not using in their series? If India is not accepting what is stopping other nations to use in their series? What is the reason for making DRS as mandatory?

  • Mirza on June 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    BCCI does not want DRS in Indian home series then it will have to play with DRS whenever touring other countries. Home condition and rules as laid by ICC should be followed by the host country. BCCI will one day accept DRS if they are made to use on their foreign tours, if they don't accept this then they can stay satisfied with organizing IPL.

  • narsimha on June 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    SIMPLEGUY 2008 Before asking cricket community to bycott INDIAN team , pl ask u r board why it has not asked for voting in the just concluded ICC MEETING IN KULALAMPUR , al board had achance to go for voting , why they have not done ,

  • saurabh on June 29, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    ok if ICC not forcing BCCI then why is ICC the cricketing body then it should be BCCI to rule the international cricket rather than ICC i want ICC to mandate the DRS system i can say that all the cricketing board should refuse to play with india until BCCI agree to go with DRS. As a Cricket fan i want the drs should be mandate.

  • narsimha on June 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    ALEX400-BUT Mjority of INDIAN dont think that SACHIN is selfish he is once in a a century player We INDIANS are PROUD of him ,

  • sudhakar on June 29, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Mr. Richardson - You can't force anything with India.

  • Aswin on June 29, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Actually nothing can be forced on the bcci

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