India in England 2011 June 10, 2011

BCCI blocks technology for England tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's forthcoming tour of England will take place without the use of the Decision Review System (DRS), after the Board for Control of Cricket in India officially informed the England & Wales Cricket Board that they would be unwilling to embrace the use of technology.

The news comes as a blow to England, who - despite some teething problems on their tours of West Indies and South Africa in recent years - have become increasingly astute in their use of the review system. Graeme Swann has been a particular beneficiary of Hawk-Eye replays, with 29.71% of his 138 Test wickets coming via lbw decisions, the highest proportion for an offspinner in Test history.

"The England team are comfortable with the use of DRS, but the BCCI have advised us that they won't be willing to sanction its use during the Test and one-day series," an ECB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "Both boards have to agree to the technology being in place for it to happen, so it doesn't look as though it will be used this summer."

DRS technology has been used without incident during the current Test series between England and Sri Lanka, with the addition of Hot Spot replays helping to diffuse a potentially controversial caught-behind verdict against Kumar Sangakkara in Cardiff. Despite no visible deviation through to the keeper, a thin white mark on the edge of Sangakkara's bat helped to confirm that he had touched the ball, and at the close of play, his captain Tillakaratne Dilshan conceded that the right decision had been reached.

India, by contrast, have been reluctant participants, most notably during the recent World Cup, when Ian Bell was ruled not out during the tied match against India, because the batsman had advanced more than 2.5m down the wicket, at which point the parameters for Hawk-Eye's tracking system are deemed unreliable. "The adulteration of technology with human thinking meant we didn't get that wicket," said India's captain, MS Dhoni, at the conclusion of the match.

Dhoni's outspoken opposition to DRS is backed by other senior players within the Indian squad, including Sachin Tendulkar, and as a consequence the BCCI is willing to take a stand on the issue. "Our official position on DRS remains unchanged," an Indian board official told ESPNcricinfo. "To implement UDRS you need the agreement between the two participating nations. Now with the BCCI not supporting DRS, the ECB cannot force it on us."

India's stance leaves the future of DRS in doubt, given that the ICC's cricket committee recommended in May that technology ought to be incorporated in all forms of the game. There had been moves to make DRS mandatory at the ICC's annual board meeting in June, but the BCCI's opposition will be hard to overcome.

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  • al on June 13, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @pr3m: Unfortunately, DRS is not like a lunch buffet.

  • al on June 13, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    400 comments ? While BCCI's stance _might_ be wrong, this issue is simply a media fueled one.

  • Mark on June 13, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    We are in the 21st century. Use the Technology if its available. Sounds like common sense to me.

  • Prem on June 13, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Why can't we leave BCCI out of this? Make it available, and if they don't like it, they don't have to use it. Simple as that.

  • Cricinfouser on June 13, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Is there a World cup for the most stupid cricket board on currently???

    WI have all the players problem, Aussies drop katich, SL selects Jaysuriya, PCB and Izaz butt are threatning almost everyone with legal action, BCCI wont use DRS, ICC stops rotation policy, 10 team World cup....All in 2 months....

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    C'mon BCCI, what r u'll trying to acheive. Majority of the Cricketing countries, Players, fans and even umpires wants to see a fair game. Whats the issue in using the available technologies? Ultimately you will be the loser. The Indian big names must be asked to shut-up and play according to ICC rules. If not they will ask ICC to crap Slow-mo replays on Run Outs as they are getting older. I would strongly advice ICC to stand firm on the UDRS implementation.

  • Dion on June 13, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    I'm a big fan of DRS - come one India, get out of the dark ages. If the senior players don't like it maybe they should think about retiring. Nothing worse than a test being ruined by a shocking decision.

  • Rajith on June 13, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    The decision of whether UDRS use or not is in the hands of host country. Then why ECB agreed to Indian board decision. If they dont want to play with UDRS in place fine, Invite other country who play with UDRS. If all 9 members act like this where did India going to play cricket in this earth. Stupid decision of ECB.

  • Anup on June 13, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    @sweetspot, if 12% of the decisions were incorrect by the umpires, then that's one bad decision in every innings that the umpires had given. And 4 bad decisions every test. And this happens with the best of umpires...

    If UDRS can recify that, that's a really good achievement. Also, keep in mind, that technology only improves over time. Umpires judgement cannot keep pace with that coz its humanly impossible. Another point is; it eases the pressure on the umpires. This in turn helps them perform better.

  • Leonard on June 12, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Prajyoth Pradeep- you are, with respect, wrong to criticise Cricinfo over this issue. Everyone is shocked at India's luddite reaction to the introduction of technology and they have been rightly criticised. Sachin is not perfect (no human being is) and in this instance, IF he is the main objector, he is very wrong and should put the game ahead of his own interests.

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