ICC news January 31, 2013

India threaten pull-out over DRS


India have again struck down the latest attempt to bring more consistency to the implementation of the DRS by threatening to pull out of any tour in which the host country insisted on using the technology.

At the ICC executive meeting in Dubai the ECB, represented by chairman Giles Clarke, was the only board that spoke in favour of a policy change where the approval of the host country would be enough to implement the DRS. N Srinivasan, the BCCI chief, shot down the proposal and ESPNcricinfo understands that the remaining boards did not make a stand.

Srinivasan's concerns are understood to still centre on a belief that the technology could be easily manipulated and is unreliable. It has been learnt that he made the claim that India would pull out of bilateral series if a system was in place where the home side could insist on the DRS.

Though the DRS issue was not even listed on the agenda, or in the post-meeting press release dispatched, it was discussed at length in the wake of a renewed push during the ICC chief executives committee (CEC) meeting last month, for universal implementation of the referral system. At that meeting, held on December 4, every member with the exception of India had backed a change in the DRS implementation policy.

The existing playing conditions require the approval of both countries on DRS during a bilateral series, but the CEC suggested a change in policy that would see the home board having the right to choose the use of the DRS regardless of what the opposition wanted. The CEC recommended that the issue should be resolved via a vote during the executive board meeting.

In the end there was no vote as most of 13-man strong board (10 Full Members plus three Associates) failed to stand up to Srinivasan. Only Clarke, who supported the CEC recommendation, felt it warranted a discussion this week again.

This is not the first time the BCCI has opposed the rest of the members on the DRS. At the ICC's last annual conference in Kuala Lumpur, the CEC had passed the resolution to make the DRS mandatory for all events. The move was then passed to the executive board which had to ratify the decision. But despite the push from the CECs, the head of the Full Member boards refrained from putting the issue to vote.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harmon on February 3, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @bobmartin: Obviously you would now want to somehow save your face by accusing me of not answering to your question(s) when in fact I've answered pointedly to each and every one, I even gave you the time stamp of the one you explicitly raised.

    Ppl here know it pretty well that I do not avoid anyone or anything here so your attempt to back off using a half-thought yet oft-used tactic can fool no one here.

    You began with a weak argument and when rebutted turned it into a ridiculous one and then when rebutted again asked me to answer you first when I had already answered it and when I gave you the time stamp of that answer and asked you to talk about DRS per se and not about tangential topics then you felt desperate to find some face-saving ploy cos you had no DRS-specific answers and so now you are saying that you can talk anymore to me cos I am not answering to your already answered questions.

    Bye Bye dear.

  • andy on February 3, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    how hard is it for people to understand that technology will never be 100% accurate but it will always be more accurate than the human judgement. Should we get rid of runout replays too? Technology will always help make more accurate decisions, how you use it is up to interpretation but it definately helps to have the technology. Finally India needs world cricket just as much as world cricket need India. so India isnt gonna travel to England, Aus and SA because those countries wants to use DRS? India is bluffing big time. I would love to see where Indian cricket will go if they dont get to play above cricket boards.. BCCI has to stop acting like spoiled brat and use its immense power responsibly..

  • Nick on February 3, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    So Pakistan is angry about hotspot decisions that went against them on Day 2. Funny how everyone can't wait to rant about BCCI when they're being bullish, yet no one says a word when they're proven right that the technology is not reliable.

  • Peter on February 3, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Again, it is the choice of the host country. What right has the BCCI got to dictate what other countries should use for hosting home series? I wonder what their response would be if the other countries stated that they must use DRS. You would hear the whining from Hobart! Childish response form the BCCI, very childish.

  • Peter on February 2, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I am coughing up my corn flakes reading some of these posts. Have you people so quickly forgotten the howls of protest form the recent India/England series where there were FAR more errors that would have been corrected by the use of DRS., FAR MORE! Again, for the slow thinking, DRS is not 100%, but it is still way ahead of the human error stack, & this endorsed by the elite umpire panel. Move on!

  • uncle bob on February 2, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Mr. Hotspot inventor. Did you watch today's game between Pak and SA? what happened with ABD? why your hot spot did not show any spot? when umpires decided there was deviation of the ball? This whole DRS is rubbish and BCCI was right in opposing it.

  • Rakib on February 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    i think DRS would be 100 % accurate if sensory-type things are attached to the Bat, ball,stump,pad and pitching line. there is a sport (can't remember the name ) in which two opponent have two swords and when they touch each other with sword, a alarm starts ringing. so i think ICC can try that one.

  • Indian on February 2, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    With DRS, the third umpire has now first to decide whether the spot shown by COLDSPOT is hot or not?! :) We have added complexity, added room for unreliability, added time to the whole process and added cost (that will be a few thousand dollars - Thank You very much!). If someone tells me all this circus is going to improve cricket decision making they need to get their heads examined.

  • Indian on February 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    DRS is expensive and unreliable for the amount it costs. "A $1000 a day should be fine. Not $60,000 a day. That kind of money should go into the development of the game among the Associate members." A perfectly valid argument from the BCCI.

  • Indian on February 2, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @bobmartin: Looks like all your arguments have been blown out of the water and finally you can only come up with a statement like "you are wasting my time" :) Sorry if we didn't take your assumptions as facts and support your baseless comments. Anyway... another howler with COLDSPOT in the Pak-SA test as we speak... seriously.. is someone really paying for this "technology" and expecting people to use it in international matches?! It must be really convenient that BCCI is against it. (the school bully everyone loves to hate)... otherwise it would have been difficult to have a logical and reasonable discussion to their arguments.. with BCCI its simple.. just bad mouth them and that's it - no need to have an informed debate or listen to what they are actually saying!