India in England 2011 June 10, 2011

BCCI blocks technology for England tour

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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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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 23:16 GMT

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

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 20:50 GMT

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

  • RohanMarkJay 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.

  • pr3m 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.

  • ShardulJuyal 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....

  • 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.

  • bobbo2 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.

  • rajithwijepura 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.

  • SoftwareStar 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.

  • Beazle 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.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 23:16 GMT

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

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 13, 2011, 20:50 GMT

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

  • RohanMarkJay 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.

  • pr3m 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.

  • ShardulJuyal 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....

  • 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.

  • bobbo2 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.

  • rajithwijepura 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.

  • SoftwareStar 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.

  • Beazle 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.

  • on June 12, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Concentrate on the game Cricinfo not UDRS. Don't keep picking on India and being negative on India or its cricket board all the time. Jealousy seems all over the place since the time of India's rise in the game.

  • on June 12, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    one would like to know who all are the senior players who are against the udrs.shewag, gambir and vvs are in favour of this.the bowlers will not have any problems with this.it is only sachin tendulkar who is against this.he knows that he can intimidate the on field umpires with his bigger than the game and larger than life reputation but not the technology.the bcci is only toeing his line.why is it that only india have problems with the udrs while ponting,strauss,smith are strongly recommending for this.As acricket fan who is still haunted by the sydney defeat I strongly back the icc to make it mandatory in all international matches.

  • Quazar on June 12, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Simple solution folks... chuck HawkEye's predictive path, keep HotSpot and slow-mo replays... and everyone will accept UDRS. HawkEye's predictive paths are the source of contention... fallible projections masquerading as absolute truths. 99% of all decisions can be correctly made using a combo of slow-mo replays and HotSpot... HawkEye is very much expendable.

  • Quazar on June 12, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Simple solution folks... chuck HawkEye's predictive path, keep HotSpot and slow-mo replays... and everyone will accept UDRS. HawkEye's predictive paths are the source of contention... fallible projections masquerading as absolute truths. 99% of all decisions can be correctly made using a combo of slow-mo replays and HotSpot... HawkEye is very much expendable.

  • on June 12, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Just last night, Virat Kohli was given out lbw to a ball that hit him outside off-stump and which was going to miss the leg-stump in the ODI in Antigua.It would have so obviously been overturned if the review system was operating. Perhaps the BCCI should go and have a word with him about the DRS system. Perhaps the BCCI want to compete with Sepp Blatter and FIFA over who's the biggest dinosaur when it comes to utilising new technology in decision-making.

  • amit_071 on June 12, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Oh how I wish that the Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni get absolute shockers in their first innings over in England!! Maybe then they would realise that DRS is there to help reverse those shockers rather than the marginals which can go either way, DRS or No DRS. I do however think that now the debate is not so much around whether DRS is good or not. I think the 'Stars' in the Indian team are just being childish now; having dug in their heals once, they don't want to be seen reversing their stance and accepting they have been wrong all along.

  • on June 12, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Well it was DRS again that saved Tendulkar against Pakistan in the semifinals of the world cup. Its fair for all teams, maybe Indian strategists think that in normal circumstances (without DRS) their over awed batsmen would always get the benefit of the doubt from the umpires, which would not be the case with DRS.

  • AndyMick on June 12, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    To be fair, the ICC are weak, very weak in this area. Who runs world cricket the ICC or BCCI?, my guess is that its the latter at present. Can anyone name any other sport in the world where one participant can choose what rules they play by and those rules are different to any other used by the remaining participants? No, neither can I. Inadia surprise me in this mind, they must also have short memories, remeber when Symonds middeled the ball to the keeper v's Aus in Aus, he didnt walk, everyone knew he hit it, not out went on to score a big nundred, the extra runs he scored were the winning margin in the match!!! With review, out, 100+ runs less in the total. Or could I be cynical and say these are the real reasons that India do not want DRS as the decisions will be, in general, better and honest. Make them have it, dont give them a choice, THEY DO NOT RULE THE GAME, THE GAME IS BIGGER THAN THEY ARE.

  • geedubnz on June 12, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    astonishing. India holding the game to ransom once again. Why should anyone be given a choice in this?

  • on June 12, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    ohh please...."Even Indians are against you I believe on this issue. Be sportive and do not be against all other teams. Be sensible."....seriously ?? where is the sense in using hawk-eye when it is reliable till only 2.5 m ?? it is an unreliable technology and should not be used till perfected by its makers...because of the hawk-eye India lost a key decision in Ian Bell's wicket which was plump out and eventually gave away a victory because of that key partnership...the Indian team is right in vetoing the use of the DRS....

  • Beazle on June 12, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    India should be ashamed of themselves.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    I am not against the Indian Team but their refusal to accept the referral system make me to reverse my thinking. Come on India don't you think it is fair by all the teams and all the supporters of Cricket of every team. Even Indians are against you I believe on this issue. Be sportive and do not be against all other teams. Be sensible.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    DRS costs India an important match against England in World Cup when bell was plum but given not out due to front foot. If you are not sure of Hawk Eye why using it. India showed in World Cup that they are not vulnerable of DRS but still they don't recommend it.

  • sweetspot on June 12, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    The BCCI and senior Indian players are absolutely right. We had the UDRS for the World Cup and how many original decisions were overturned? Something like 12%? This "technology" just clarifies what the human eye can already see and compute, and does not much more. For fast action, which comes in the way of human perception, like line decisions, the umpire TV replay is plenty and is widely used. That is accurate, and it still has times when doubt is given to the batsman's benefit. The UDRS is a whole load of hogwash that haas miles to go before it can be called a "technology" worthy of replacing or challenging the umpires who according to the WC statistics, got it right neary 90% of the time.

  • SoftwareStar on June 12, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    if senior Indian players want it to be 100% accurate, then i think they need to take some elementary courses on science and technology. No technology is 100% accurate. neither bcci nor the senior indian players seem to get this in their skull Being an Indian, i just hope that we have a repeat of Sydney 2008, just so that BCCI understands the usefulness of UDRS.

  • SoftwareStar on June 12, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Ridiculous BCCI. if BCCI don't want it and ECB want it, then why not have UDRS for 2 out of the 4 innings? this way, both are happy. And we can easily compare the advantages of UDRS in the same test match.

  • knowledge_eater on June 11, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    When BCCi says no, that's the only time, people will try to fix problems with UDRS and rules surrounding the use of UDRS. ICC doesn't want to pay for it, that's why they have left it for the boards to decide. Umpires like Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel are more accurate than Hawkeye system. ICC doesn't want to implement or change any rules of giving more power to 3rd umpire, rather they are making UDRS as an entertainment-value device and make money out of it. Boards-Broadcasters will have to make a deal to provide this. And BCCI is declining it to it. It's simple. No-one wants to listen to what BCCI has to say and many people don't know the real truth behind funding issue and it's rights. Then this is what they get. I am behind BCCI. Do whatever you can do. And yes, despite India has suffered a lot with bad umpires for years, still I am backing BCCI. When people think UDRS is an entertainment value for viewers and not needy device, then why should one care!!

  • SanjivAwesome on June 11, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    I am amused to read the pro and cons comments. Both teams get the same umpiring platform so it is even. A storm in the high-noon tea. If anything, England go in with home pitch advantages because it is a home series for them. I expect England wil prepare pitches that suit their conditions, seaming ones, which is entirely the way everybody expects it. I am excitedly looking forward to the contest between these two in-form teams.

  • kallis57 on June 11, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    How can the away team dictate the playing conditions for games in England? Why would anyone want to rely on the decisions of Billy Doctrove etc? Are they assuming that because most umpires dislike England as a matter of course and they are likely to get the better of the iffy decisions? Do India also get to chose the pitches, the wickets and the dimensions of the grounds they play on to. This is a farce - because they got one bad decision at the World Cup and now they are refusing to play unless they get the playing conditions they want. Like a spoilt brat who is out and then takes their bat and ball home. An absolute joke and a retrograde step for cricket. This is 2011 not 1811 - why go back 200 years just to make India happy? Ridiculous. Do they also want to play without helmets, site screens and a middle stump. The Indians clearly have too much power in the world game.

  • gdalvi on June 11, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I like the fact that many reasonable folks are agreeing to remove the ball tracking and keep the rest that shows only what happened. So the bigger question is why ICC so adamant on using ball-tracking? I suspect it might have to do with lot of money - and a lot of it. You see from the company's point of view, ball-tracking is a major profit center. You already have the software developed. Except for some maintenance costs, this will make money everytime it is used without any operational costs. It is like the golden goose that keeps on giving. The other pieces are hardware, with considerable operational costs - you have to physically move the equipment to the stadiums and pay someone to operate it. So unless ball-tracking is used, company will not make lot of profit. So perhaps they are mandating that its either all or none. Given that the companies are either Eng or Aus, those ICC members do not want to deny their countrymen from making money form ball-tracking

  • on June 11, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    I love the way media makes mountain out of mole.

  • on June 11, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    BCCI. tell seniours that URDS with hot spot is better than being without it. ... we r shamelessly oppose the improving referral system .. remember we complained about the aussies's cheating (catch).. now we r cheating ...

  • on June 11, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    If Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson (two umpires in Sydney test of 2008) come out of retirement and are appointed for this series, then i dont think India will ever block DRS ;)

    or even if Asoka desilva and Daryl Harper are appointed for this series, India will definitely ask for DRS ;)

  • sudheercric on June 11, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    india should hav taken UDRS for their upcoming series against england as they approach parallely to the growing technology...they cannot oppose this for a long time as UDRS could be mandatory in future as it gives players an oppurtunity to challenge decisions.....BCCI and indian seniors should understand that ""UDRS gives equal chances to both teams""

  • henmenia on June 11, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Any of the Idians remember, Steve Bucknor''s decision, with Andrew Simons?? Just that memory, should make any Indian want to have UDRS.The system is there for those bad decissions, not to get rid of error entirely.

  • Bilingualbigfoot on June 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    The UDRS is a very good system that has come to Cricket. Yes , It has some Questions, but it 's a Match changing Decision system. I really don't know whom to complain whether the Senior Indian Players or BCCI . whovever it is, they are not progressing . ICC has put this system with the assistance of Technical adivsors , Cricketers and umpires which is not a joke. A lot of time and efforts have gone into this implementation of this system.How often do we get to hear in a post match interview " We got a couple of bad decisions or the opposition had a couple of decisions that went against us , you cant really complain , these things happen , that's Cricket " . BCCI and Senior Indian players need to try this in England and see if they can learn something out of it . Yes they are not losing anything,but egos and they can STILL GIVE THE SAME OLD POST MATCH SPEECH . " We got a couple of bad decisions or the opposition had a couple of decisions that went against us , you cant really complain".

  • Bilingualbigfoot on June 11, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    This UDRS is the best thing to have evolved in cricket . Yes there are certian questions on DRS, but its's a major decision system that changes the course of the matches. ICC has put this system in consultation with Umpires,technical advisors and cricketers with vast experience, not a joke. Regret that BCCI is not Progressing or maybe they are influenced by Senior Indian Players.Take this for an arguement, How often do we hear in post match interviews " we got a couple of bad decisions or a couple of good decisions went against us ". Come on BCCI / Senior Players , give DRS a shot ,you are not losing anythig or the . STILL THE POST MATCH SPEECH ISN'T GONNA CHANGE.Just try guys , we want to see some good cricket.

  • subbass on June 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Not bothered myself if the Indians don't want to use it, it is swings and roundabouts really, and the same for both teams so who cares ?

  • on June 11, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    well it seems indians r cowards against drs :P or something i feel it should b made compulsory by ICC n ignore what BCCI thinks as most of countries approved it god knows whats ICC waiting for

  • on June 11, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    It is becoming a habit for BCCI not to accept DRS, as usual Power n Money playing a bigger role .

  • on June 11, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    If not for UDRS pakistan would have won the world cup semi final. I think the BCCI should think twice about this decision.

  • snady_plitz on June 11, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Why would anyone who likes the game to be clean and transparent object to the UDRS? Especially since some Indian players, like Dravid and Sachin, have been at the receiving end of some awful as well as clearly biased umpiring. The UDRS would have been their weapon against what happened in Sydney in 2008 & 2004. Just because they had a bad experience during the Sri Lanka tour -- and there it was just that they hadn't figured out how to use it well, not that they got bad decisions...At least it'll keep out the shockers/howlers which have spoiled enough tests in the past.

  • fazald on June 11, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    If India is not willing to use the UDRS it means that they are breaking the rules set by the governing body the ICC as a result they may have an advantage over all the other teams that use the system. As such their ranking as the number one team in test cricket is questionable.The only way to prevent the exploitation of this system by any side is to deduct some points from teams that refuse to use the system after each series win because they may be depriving their opponents who have the confidence in using the system.

  • Mojac on June 11, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Pathetic. Indian players/ media/ fans are all the time crying foul when the decisions go against them, yet refuse to accept UDRS. Even if its not perfect, its still avoids blunders. I just cant understand their stand.

  • nvpar on June 11, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    @kantipur, It would've been convenient for you to forget that in between that series in SL and now, India played once with DRS and won the world cup.

  • venkatesh018 on June 11, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Shame on u BCCI. Shame on u MSD and SRT.

  • on June 11, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Not easy to giveup umpires - board nexus . Ask any county match viewer !

  • bobmartin on June 11, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    There are so many misconceptions, lack of knowledge and simple prejudices in a lot of the replies about this subject that most of them are neither a valid vote for or against the UDRS. Surely the only thing that matters is that the system, regardless of it's inadequacies, overturns incorrect decisions more often than it confirms them. Therefore more batsmen have correctly been given OUT or NOT OUT than would otherwise have been the case. Is that not a good thing ?

  • V.Rajaa on June 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Hi all,1st of all let all know the broadcasters can manipulate things.As we knew wt mr.mike denness done to indian team and RSA team or country though he was right,but we indians saw the incident live accidentally, wt mr.denness claimed ball tampering by sachin. That was cleaning the ball, but that waste man said it was ball tampering and saffers did not come to know or aware off it clearly before. Just because the coverage is entirely different and camera angles r different. And I happened to hear 1 of d commentators say,the ball pitched outside leg and d other one say it pitched in line.hw come it wd b possible for a ball to pitch in 2 places @ single delivery?then many times the lines drawed by hawk eye seemed manipulated and dragged from stumps.hw come a 3rd or 4th even 5th umpire should give decisions based upon home boards tunes ?

  • SirLen on June 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    DRS or no DRS England will still prevail but we need to stop this Indian control they have on the game currently. It is damaging the game to have the whims of one country constantly being pandered to. Time for the ECB and ACB to step up to the plate and wrest control back, because let's be honest that's where the real interest is for those of us outside of the subcontinent. India may be no 1 but it's a series that's hard to be excited about. And that could never be said when the Aussies come to town, or the great WI sides

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    BCCI opposing UDRS is correct. 1) The HAWK-EYE has a predictor section and if not scientifically validated according to differnt playing conditions,what is the point in using such doubtful technology. 2) Technology interpreation by the one who is operating it also matters in the cases of certain decissions using UDRS,which BCCI opposes. 3)There is no standardization of the technology to be used at the international level yet.Then Why to go for it in bits n pieces??? So come up a with standard methodology and scientific validation of it and uss it everywhere with your finances..Are you reading this ICC??

  • on June 11, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Hawkeye is a UK based company. The prediction depends on parametric modeling and a slight change in parameters can cause a huge change in the accuracy. I can't take that.

  • Vnott on June 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    India is still reliving the horror sehwag dismissal in sri lanka adjudged LBW by 3rd umpire even though he edged the ball and have never been able to trust the UDRS. Just when things were starting to improve the Bell Decision in world cup happened. The problem was 3rd umpire not using common sense in the first case and possibly the 2nd one too. Having said that, UDRS has come a long way and clearly the decision making improves with UDRS being there even though lack of common sense still results in a few mistakes - it is still something which should be adopted and encouraged by Indian team and BCCI. To that extent the stance taken by BCCI is disappointing

  • jmoses on June 11, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    I think ICC should take a strict decision in this regard and not leave it to the boards. I still don't understand why BCCI is still hesitant to go with UDRS. Everyone knows that it has got some flaws and needs to be fine-tuned, but its at least an option to save bowler or a batsman from a bad judgement, and without it the whole series may run in to controversy with the umpiring decisions.

  • rohanblue on June 11, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    as an indian fan, i dnt knw what bcci is actualy trying to prove????????????? majority of our players likes drs, like viru , gauti voted in favour of drs, bt because of few dumb bcci officials and sachin tendulkar they r ruining cricket, booooooooooooooooo BCCI- frm an indian fan.........

  • gfaruque on June 11, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    ICC they don't have guts over India. Whatever india say which they bound to follow by dowing thre heads.

    Even Indian player they don't have guts to take to take UDS system. All over the world other country which is accepting UDRS as well hot spot system. India always deny bcoz they might loose to Englen their number one position.

    I am totaly disappointed by the ICC management. regds gf.

  • popcorn on June 11, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Throw out Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. They think they are bigger than the game.

  • on June 11, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    I fail to understand why BCCI and some of the experienced Indian players refuse to adopt UDRS? After all India had gained the most in the world cup from the review system. BCCI will ruin the future of cricket with it's autocratic ways.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @adesh007: You said too many assumptions to be made by technology , so its not full-proof. Well, these assumptions are bound to be made either by technology or umpire (yes, they do have to assume a lot of things). So, imho, assumptions made by technology would be more accurat then.

    They say umpire accuracy nowadays i greater than 90% CRAP.. many of those are too clear decisions.. 20% comes under the 50-50 range. now you might see where the 10% wrong decisions comes from.

    PS: if technology can increase accuracy from 90% to anything greater(imo its already >95 using ), why not use it.

    You ever say technology is not full-proof. Yeah!! but remember NOTHING is full-prof. You only can increase the accuracy, which DRS provides.

    I am in total support of DRS , and I am an Indian. Don't know what Dhoni/Team-India is up to.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    time the ICC made it compulsory for all test series. shame India feel they can't move on with the rest of the cricketing world- seems like they're sulking over one decision to me

  • girdoc1 on June 11, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    udrs is still a ineffective technology, many factors of real on-pitch cricket not considered. it is just not the art of geometry here, there is weather condition, pitch moist, late swing, bowlers arm and hand movement and many more factors to b e considered, ...so i suggest stop bragging about this half baked technology, with time i am sure it will be near to perfect. till then we dont have to replace one ineffective umpiring with other ineffective/inaccurate technology. and INDIA is right in the decision.

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    How strange! India would probably not have reached the World Cup Final earlier this year if it hadn't been for DRS saving Tendulkar...twice! Defies all logic really.

  • Ropsh on June 11, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Nothing wrong with this imo. Until Hawkeye is proven to be 100% infallible, which has yet to happen (see the 2.5m instances), then the entire UDRS is as much use as a catflap on a submarine.

  • bobmartin on June 11, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I seem to recall that most, if not all, recent major complaints about incorrect decisions of on-field umpires have come from the Indian team and the BCCI....How starnge then that when the ICC introduce a system that has been shown time and again to minimize the problem, the biggest stumbling block to its universal introduction are the Indian players and the BCCI. Where is the logic in that ?

  • yorkslanka on June 11, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    to all those who oppose the udrs, i assume you use candles rather than lights in your houses?with a light bulb there is uncertainty of when it will go but with a candle you can see when it runs out...the answer ( i hope ) is of course not...equally,cricket and any sport, should embrace the technology available and even if 1% more decisions are correct compared to not using, then surely thats an improvement isnt it?The important thing is that the correct decision is made as often as possible....Umpires need as much help as they can get as they will make incorrect decisions as some point due to it being human nature...

  • MaxG9 on June 11, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    The most important thing is that by using technology you reduce the no. of incorrect umpire decisions. In the Word Cup alone above 30 decisions were reversed (even without hot spot) even though many more correct decisions were given by the umpires. In other sports, technology is used to separate medal winners by even 1/100th of a second. All reasons given for not utilizing technology, such as, time spent, takes away umpires authority, still subject to human error, errors cancel each other out, cost & so on need to be disregarded as it is more important to get more correct decisions that what the human eye, ear in real time could give. Some games can spell defeat for one team due to one umpiring error. The ICC must make it mandatory for all series to use UDRS with snicko, hawkeye & hot spot all used. If necessary underwrite the cost for poorer boards. Human error still may be there occasionally even with the use of all this technology but at least, these will be reduced to a minimum.

  • SettingSun on June 11, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    @SnowSnake - really? Have you asked the mathematicians about this? I see absolutely no empirical evidence of any mathematician or scientist rejecting this technology along the lines you are suggesting anywhere. Care to point us to any links?

  • KarachiKid on June 11, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I dont understand why India have always been so reluctant ? Cant they remember over turning of Sachin LBW decision in semi final against Pakistan ? Human interference or no interference, DRS is ALWAYS better than having an umpire on the field. In any case, I have noticed that on-field umpires barring a few greats like Dikie Bird, Taufel and Daar, seem to get influenced by heavy appealing and presence of greats like Warne, McGrath and are reluctant to give verdict in favor or bowlers when batting greats like Ponting, Sachin, Veru, Hayden etc are playing. Generally 50/50 decisions almost always go in favor of dominant teams. I think there is a case here for cricinfo's numbers guru to do a bit of background research.

  • Quazar on June 11, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Glad to see many others agree... remove HawkEye's (questionable) ball tracker, and just use HotSpot and Slow-mo replays... BCCI and Indian players would then absolutely accept UDRS.

  • shine3248 on June 11, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @ harsh yep u are absolutely right. just thk if thr was no DRS system india coundnt hold world cup trophy thanks to drs system. i thk thy scare to use it n as per my view they depend more of fortune their luck than ability n strenth. they may thk that if any batsman survive by drs n may change game or in case of bowling same thg may oppo, bowler off main wickets. they lack self confidence still after being second time champian.

  • pratit on June 11, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Udrs should be made compulsory and teams should have no say in it.let india be on the wrong side of some decisions in england and they will hanker after the udrs

  • Truemans_Ghost on June 11, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    I suppose this means that no Indian fans will complain at all at any decisions that go against them and then are then shown on the TV replay to be wrong ones which DRS would have picked up...... or am I being far too optimistic?

  • on June 11, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @gdalvi: You seem to asking the same questions as Tendulkar did in his last press conference about the DRS. Unfortunately, I am surprised you follow his argument even after working in predictive sciences! As the first line of your comment says, the Hawk-Eye is indeed a "ball-tracking" device. It is *NOT* a predictive equipment! It *tracks* the displacement of the ball from two horizontal cameras and the only *predictive* step is after the ball has hit the pads after which the remaining path is extrapolated. And FYI this doesn't matter because when the umpire calls for a review, the predicted path is not shown to him - only the tracked path of the ball till it hits the batsman is shown and the 3rd umpire is supposed to make a decision solely on that inference. This is why the 2.5m rule is a sensible one. Tendulkar's question about pitch conditions etc is a scientifically invalid one. Period.

  • fromthehip on June 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    You're right Mr Franklin: you are the minority but as usual, minority rules. Having said that, why have a predictive simulation which appears to be thrown out by any contact? the only technology worth it's salt is hot spot. It's been shown that without it the DRS is incomplete and somewhat unreliable. Hence this tolerance of half a ball or 2.5 meteres down the track.

    The howlers that DRS is meant to remove are usually easily cleared up by a replay (LBW off thick edge). Anyone who has played cricket knows that not eveyone walks for a thin edge not given so that's where Hotspot comes in. The Hawkeye thing is just for TV coverage - hence half the highlights package on Channel 5 being taken up with watching replays if Hawkeye and the big screen in the ground.

  • on June 11, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    india should hav taken udrs for their upcoming series against england, it really comes in use at the end moment also if india would be on a losing position, by the help of udrs if the main player is only left so he could get saved and it helped india in the world cup also

  • on June 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    How cheap theyre playing in england and they force england not to use

  • TheScarletChapati on June 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    The umpire should be the best informed man on the field , then his word should be final ,meantime the TV viewer is losing faith in the umpire. 5 % improvement they say , has Hawkeye ever been shown to be wrong , ie judging a ball to miss that in reality went on to hit , For those games where it's been in place , this should have been a simple check , that surely answers the question . The 2.5 metre rule if it's left to umpire's discretion on viewing ( meaning no desicion on anything until viewed) would show consistency . Sadly India's reluctance seems like protectionism of their batting great, and even if untrue such thoughts will sully his record .Snicko , Hotspot and Hawkeye may not have been around in Bradman's day but they are now, as are Floodlights,no rest day Tests, no 8 ball overs,nuetral umpires , reverse swing ,and 15 degrees of flexion ,helmets ,body armour and several more Test playing nations.C'mon India we can't stop improvements just to suit record holders, be fair!

  • rkannancrown on June 11, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    In a normal situation, there would be an effort to address the concerns of those resisting change. What we are seeing is a lack of reasoned debate. UDRS threw up a nimber of problems in WC - Ireland were knocked out and England went through due to selective interpretation of rules. There are several issues with UDRS as it stands today - suspect technology, restricted access giving possibilities for it to be manipulated, restriction on number of appeals - and these need to be addressed. If Indian cricketers are opposed to UDRS, it is because no other team has faced the strong bias that permeates ICC against Indian cricket. To expect that, after being at the receiving end of Australian English bias for decades, the Indians will willingly accept a suspect technology that can be programmed to give wrong results is absurd.

  • on June 11, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    The UDRS is, no doubt, a very good system but only if the complete set of technologies are used for every match and uniform interpretations made by all umpires especially with rules like the 2.5m which should also be informed to all teams well in advance. For eg., during the World Cup, the Hot Spot was not used because the Australian firm refused to provide the technology. This was absolutely unfair and crippled the UDRS as the matter of ball touching the bat in case of caught behind and LBW decisions could not be determined and made the UDRS useless. Either use it with the full set of technologies everywhere or don't use it at all. Similarly, all the ways of getting out and all the possibilties with each way should be studied thoroughly, the capability or limitation of the UDRS determined and a uniform set of interpretations be framed for each for all umpires to follow scrupulously like within or outside 2.5m limitation of UDRS. Only then will the UDRS achieve it's purpose.

  • kantipur on June 11, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    How do yout think indian batsman average is bloated? It is without DRS. Remember when India played Sri lanaka players like Sachin and Dravid fail to score a total of 100 runs in full 6 innings of 3 tests.

  • adesh007 on June 11, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Too many assumptions being made by the technology to come up with a decision. At the moment it is not foolproof, and all that is being done is transfering one imperfect system - the human error to another.

    With time I am sure the tech will get better and then it should be more universally accepted.

  • rnarayan on June 11, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    I think people are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I'm a big supporter od UDRS because I feel it is only fair that the umpire has all the information available to make the right decision. The problem only seems to be with the prediction aspect. Why cant we have slow motion replays and 'hot spot' so he knows what has ALREADY happened? where did the ball pitch, did it strike in line, was it an edge, etc? Just dont use the predictive part if that's where the issue is!

  • anurag4u10 on June 11, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    guys a lot of hype bout tendulkars use of drs in wc semifinal. suppose wrld cup ws wdout drs den it might happn dat sachin wud be givn not out by field umpire itself. now since drs was used in wc d field umpire gave sachin out thinkin dat if he (sachin) is unsatisfied he will mk use of drs which he actually did and survived. d rule of using drs max 2 times unsuccessfully makes it rather more complex and here again field umpire has a major say in havin a review successful or unsuccessful. consider a situation tendulkar nicks a ball and then it hits pad and swann shouts for lbw. scenario 1 field umpire gives him out. tendulkar goes 4 review nd survives reviews pending ind 2 eng 2 scenario 2 field umpire givs him not out. since eng is convincd dey go 4 review and decision is upheld reviews pendin ind2 eng 1. dat says d story

  • Harsh.Joshi on June 11, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    It is indeed ridiculous to see India oppose DRS when it was DRS that saved GOD when he has been ruled out LBW (and mind you it looked out all the way and 99 of 100 umpires would have given that out) against Pak in WC 2011 semis. Yeah Pak too played their part dropping 5 catches but it was DRS that was saved GOD first!

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    it's too bad indian cricket not tryin to move with drs. looks like indian team like to win matches with luck. since 1st use of drs in sri lanka vs india test series india team afraid to use drs.

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    India should remember that because of udrs only tendulkar survived an lbw decision in the world cup semi final against Pakistan, if it wasn't there he would have been out and who knows India might have never won the world cup. Also tendulkar already mentioned last year that he would be more happy with the Hot spot Rather than UDRS. so why still India is not agreeing to use it.

  • ssenthil on June 11, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    I m a great Fan of SRT and I feel ashamed by this, when we get a Hot-Spot as he wanted and Still no to UDRS is a REAL SHAME. Shame on SRT, Dhoni and BCCI (Who have no guts to against this 2 Biggest Guns). This a Dark Day in Indian Cricket. I wish SRT wil be given out wrongly when he is Batting on 99 at Lords and Feels the pain forever in his life. Same for Dhoni, let him lose the Test Series for the First Time and Feel ashamed. They deserve it.

  • PottedLambShanks on June 11, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    They sound scared of Swanny...

  • omeirzahid on June 11, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    India should veto neutral umpires as well and suggest having Indian Umpires in series involving india. Seriously, when it comes to UDRS, England has the best technology with the aid of Hot spot and Snickometer. The only logic I can think of is India think that they are in a dominant position influence and think the marginal decision would go their way. For fair play technology is being introduced in other sports and as someone said, it should be mandatory from ICC (which ironically is being considered dominated by India) and availability of the technology should be part of hosting any international cricket.

  • DoubleStandardshauting on June 11, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I agree if there is a technology available it should be used, even if not 100% perfect, it still eliminates human doubt to most extent... so BCCI got it wrong there... But at the same time Hotspot again A TECHNOLOGY (from Australia) denied at WC on the grounds of security.. (I think with the old technology like police and military BCCI & INDIA handled WC very well).... So why deny technology BCCI few months ago and now blame them for not to support it..... I dont know man you decide...

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    i don't know whats wrong with the BCCI opposing every new change. If it were in power in the 1970's we woudn't have had the World Cup,it opposed the Twenty-20 format until India world the world cup, now its opposing thiDRS system too.Plainly illogical,saying its not 100percent guarantee.Please remind them that nothing is ever 100 percent guarantee in the world.

  • BirminghamUK on June 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Typical BCCI trying (successfully) to throw its weight around. I agree, hope 4 of their top batsmen get out on wrong decisions during the tour. No doubt they will be complaining about poor umpiring decisions then (and probably have a helicopter waiting outside...)

  • KAIRAVA on June 11, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    @"jontycodes", Deja Vu, whatever you have quoted had nearly happened albiet in 2007 in the ODI series when India last toured England. The series was tied 3-3 and decider was played at Lord's. Batting first, India were bowled out for a meagre 187 and the fate was decided when two of its premier batsmen, Sachin & Dravid, were given out caught behind by umpire Aleem Dar even though the bat never touched the ball. England won the match comfortably and hence the series too. I desperately hoped then that the 3rd umpire should have been consulted before taking the decision. Now, when that facility in the form of UDRS is available, the senior players and the BCCI object vehemently but in case something similar happens, they would be found wanting, held accountable and branded as JOKERS. It seems that Indian think tank never learns from its past.

  • bobmartin on June 11, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Isn't it strange how the Indian distrust of the UDRS doesn't extend to them not using it when it is in place. After all, they're not forced to use it just because it's there. It's a player instigated thing, ie, the umpire gives a decision and the player challenges it. Therefore the answer is simple, don't use it. Have the UDRS in place so that England can challenge if they wish and the Indians, if they distrust it so much, don't challenge. It might also be remembered that giving India the right not to have the UDRS in place, takes away the other side's right to have it. It's the old adage, granting one person rights takes away someone else's rights. It seems that in this case, since all other test playing countries favour it, one country's rights are valued above those of all the others. Whatever happened to democracy ?

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    So India STILL sulking because of one - admittedly - incorrect 'not out' of Ian Bell. Weighed against all the fairness the system brings, one can only say that emotional responses in making decisions are exactly the thing we are trying to avoid with this system - it highlights the underlying malaise with the sub-continent in general.

  • rustyryan on June 11, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    @David Franklin: Spot on Mate. UDRS is a joke and it spoils the unpredictability of a match. What's point in spendin money on something which is not 100 % error-free. Ppl saying bout Sachin's decision against Pak. If Sachin did not get us that day, some one would ve stepped it up. UDRS is a complete Bogus. It favors England a lot. KP was out in the last ashes series when Ponting engaged in a banter with Dar. There was a faint spot as faint as Sanga had in the first test against England. But Sanga was given out and KP was not. To England, If you want numero uno, you had to play fairly. Don't try to use DRS as the twelfth player. You have already got Chris Broad, Daryl Harper etc.

  • Lallubhai on June 11, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    If BCCI are not happy with the urds , Why are ICC not finding out exactly what they are not happy about so that they can improve its present form.All the successfull organisations of the world reserch & then develop, to go forward .

  • landl47 on June 11, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @ David Franklin: your point of view would be fine if there was no slow motion TV replay and no hotspot shown to the TV audience. Unfortunately, the TV companies have the technology and are going to use it even if the umpires can't. That means that at some time in this series, no matter how good the umpires are, there's going to be a decision which will be wrong and the TV audience will see it's wrong even as the players have to abide by it. If it happens to be crucial in the match, or worse still the series, the fans will be (rightly) outraged. It's farcical that the TV audience are able to tell when a decision is wrong but the umpires can't have the same ability. This is the 21st century; what was acceptable 30 years ago isn't acceptable now. Sooner or later, the BCCI are going to learn this to their cost.

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @bhaloniaz: You say that you are happy and ready to accept umpires making mistakes and that you like the uncertainty posed by them and also that you don't mind your favorite batsman getting out. If someone had asked you about this on the 5th day of the Sydney test or the 5th day of the Durban test, I doubt the same comments would have come from you guys. The Indians were the ones who created a furore at Sydney and walked away silently at Durban but they are the same ones who aren't ready to embrace the solution they asked for. If people are okay with umpires making mistakes, then no one should whine about the Sydney test ever again!

  • Arthaurian on June 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    well they did it for the SA tour as well so I honestly don't know what the big surprise is about

  • Indian_Riotics on June 11, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    shame on BCCI and senior indian players...

  • everfaithful77 on June 11, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    THE ICC MUST PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN ON THIS MATTER AND MAKE UDRS MANDATORY IN ALL INTERNATIONAL GAMES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE THE AUTHORITY AND CREDIBILITY OF THE ICC AS THE GOVERNING BODY OF CRICKET AROUND THE WORLD. IT WILL ALSO PUT THE CONTINUED USE OF THE UDRS BY OTHER MEMBERS IN SERIOUS JEOPARDY. THE APPLICATION OF THE SYSTEM BY UMPIRES HAVE IMPROVED GREATLY SINCE INCEPTION ENSURING THAT THE CORRECT DECISION IS REACHED ALMOST 100% OF THE TIME. I BELIEVE MOST TEAMS AND THEIR FANS ARE HAPPY TO HAVE THE UDRS IN USE. THE ICC MUST STOP THIS 'CAT & MOUSE' GAME WITH INDIA AND BRING TO AN END THE SPECULATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF UDRS.

  • Ceaser9495 on June 11, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    See UDRS or not....it will same for both team.....Should there been UDRS and India win the Sydney test...but its same for both team....and UDRS actually delayed the match...

  • ziazai on June 11, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    To implement DRS was a very good step from ICC. Finally ICC should call a meeting of their associate countries and decide what to do. We all should back DRS system to be implemented, if you want a fair play and it should not be on descretion of the two playing teams. Although India is a world champion, he has not a VETO power and they should promot fair play cricket. DRS is also a threat for umpires that we have seen in near past that two umpires got out from ICC ELITE pannel because of low success rate. So DRS makes umpires to give accurate decision. It should be implemented for the future of Cricket. Because cricket is a game of Gentlemen.

  • gdalvi on June 11, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    A major issue with UDRS is ball-tracking, which is what Indian players oppose. I believe India is fine with most of the other points of UDRS, which do not involve any 'forecast'. After all India do use 3rd umpire for run-outs and boundary decisions. The question to all UDRS supporters is: does the ball-tracking take into account the changes in pitch conditions, wind conditions, condition of the ball itself as the match and the pitch wears on? Does it continuously 'calibrate' itself to changing conditions as the umpire's eye/brain is doing? Can it differentiate between variance in bounce between a flipper, a slider and a top-spin? Has it been really calibrated for each pitch in each cricket ground based on its preparations done before the match - or it is showing some generic behavior of ball based on averages across large number of pitches? I work in predictive sciences in US, and these are critical questions that need to be answered and tested BEFORE blindly adopting the system

  • gdalvi on June 11, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Folks here are bashing BCCI and Indian players without understanding the real concern about ball-tracking. Technology behind ball tracking is combination of vision hardware, software and prediction math/statistics. Perhaps India, who probably has more software engineers and mathematicians than rest of the test countries combined, understand the limitations better than other. Here is something to think about the 2.5m rule - So basically you are saying that if the distance is 2.499999 then the software is accurate, otherwise it is not. What nonsense is this? If you understand predictive statistics at all, you will know that accuracy is continuously decreasing as distance from stumps increases, so generally there most LBW decisions which are not plumb on back foot will have prediction errors, which are neither shown nor used as part of 3rd umpire decision making. For the naysayers, please note that the mere existence of the 2.5 rule clearly admits that there are prediction errors.

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Basic reservations against DRS is for LBW. Its also got to do with "Benefit of the doubt" theory that is perpetrated all these years. Many obvious LBW decisions have gone in favour of batsmen and I suspect Indian senior batsmen know (after that one SL tour experience against Ajantha Mendis) that its best to avoid rather than embrace DRS especially when it comes to LBW.

  • denwarlo70 on June 11, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    The way I see it, the BCCI has a "sour grapes" kind of situation with the UDSR or DRS system. The problem with the Indians are that they don't know how to use it, when to use it and why they have to use it. It's been proven time and again when they did play against teams with this system was on and more often than not their decision to review was way off and dumb kind of decisions to review.

  • sk_vj on June 11, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    English Conditions...There will be loads of LBWs and Caught behinds...No UDRS will definitely lead to many wrong decisions

  • on June 11, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    I have a funny feeling India is going to suffer like they did in Sri Lanka in their last tour here.

  • Andy500265 on June 11, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @johntycodes I hope you are right, I can't understand why India is so vehemently opposed to the DRS, it is an excellent system and should be implemented as widely as possible.

  • Ranura on June 11, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    @johntycodes: me too friend. I also waiting 4 dat happen

  • nzcricket174 on June 11, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Well I suspect that if a "lower" player such as Kohli stood up for the review system he would not get selected for any test matches. Sachin and Dhoni are the reasons that the DRS will not be used. I feel that BCCI are intimidated by Sachin in particular and will do whatever he says. I think Sachin needs to show he is a true man and support the DRS. I'm sure Bhajji would love it for the LBW appeals. BCCI have this wrong and the whole world agrees.

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Why not make everyone happy in the obvious war of BCCI vs The Rest of the World? We know every country apart from India wants to use the DRS so let every team get their fair share of 2 or unlimited reviews while the Indians don't get to use it. Then we will know who is the real No.1 in world cricket. The Indians don't deserve to use such a great boon anyway judging from their line of thinking.

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    The failing of UDRS for India, was the result faulty appeals by the team itself. A number of times they used when they know it was the correct decission.

    They actually appeal for UDRS based on the involved players importance and not on the decission. Therein lies the fault, but instead of making good use of the technology they want to avoid it, because others are able to take much more advantage out of it.

    And for once, why cant the ICC take a decission by themselves? What would BCCI do? deny to play cricket?

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    @all - Sachin has previously said that he's happy to use DRS if the HotSpot technology is involved. Hence, it's not just Sachin's call to decide the usage of DRS. Get your facts right before commenting

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    What people don't get here is that they aren't rejecting technology. They are rejecting the DRS in its current form with 2 reviews per side per innings. They are also rejecting the fact that one can make mistakes with the DRS. Suppose a batsman is given out lbw, but decided not to review even though the ball is missing the stumps. Furthermore, what if a batsmen is pretty obviously lbw, but is given not out and the fielding captain decides to go with the umpire's instinct and decision. They are just concerned that the system can work against them if they make a few judgement calls themselves - the fact that they have to be the umpire at times is annoying.

  • ramesh.k on June 11, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    BCCI should adapt the UDRS. Being a No 1 team, India should prove that there is no external influence/error in their victory.I feel, UDRS nothing harm to use it.

    ICC's work is to save the Cricket game, Not to work as slave for BCCI.

  • nag42408 on June 11, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    for the drs system it is not all senior plyers in india are opposing shewag and dravid have supported it.only mr tendulkar is opposing it and if mr tendulkar is opposing is student mr msd will also oppose it so still mr tendulkar is playing forget drs.because anyway umpiers think twice before giving mr tendulkar out.

  • nathangonmad on June 11, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    'I hope india lose on the last ball of the series when he gets given out caught behind and he misses the ball by a metre.'

    Totally agree.

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    india not using drs is really worrying!!!! remember the world cup semi final against pakistan,, sachin was given out by de on field umpire and he referred and got his decision reversed.. had drs not thr we would have not won de cup.. drs is a bit controversial but at the same time it eliminates blunders.. if technology is thr y not use it!!!!?????

  • caasi1 on June 11, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    I think every one here is not assessing the real situation well. What is the main opposition from BCCI or the Indian players? 1) It is only the ball tracking technology that both resist. I want the TV channels to stop playing it out on TV every time since it is still not fully approved and give wrong signals to fans and who knows can even cause fan trouble in a country like India. 2) Take out ball tracking, leave LBW decisions to onfield umpires but allowing them to check for no balls or even whether there has been any inside edge can be allowed and I dont think any team will object to that. 3) If ball tracking which for the information of millions watching is actually prediction of route of ball by some soft ware expert virtually by his hand and there is no technology involved in it.

    So go for DRS minus ball tracking, I am sure BCCI will receive with open hands and Hot spot should be made compulsory and to be paid by ICC.

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Senior Players are more likely to get the benefit of the doubt from umpires.

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    For those who are saying the DRS shouldn't be used because it's not foolproof (like Dhoni), do you think the umpires are more foolproof? So if Dhoni doesn't want to use a life-jacket giving him a 90% chance, why stick with umpires??? Let's do away with those goddamn men standing in the middle of the pitch as well! Talk about hypocracy!

  • sinharaja on June 11, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    The reason for this is with UDRS India CANT win matches.Cos they win their ALL matches with the HELP of the umpairs....

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    BCCI wants all matches to be pre-scripted like IPL, so DRS is a pain. But we have seen how DRS can be rigged on Saeed Ajmal's LBW against Tendulker, so what is the problem?

  • on June 11, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Blaming DRS for bell not being out in the world cup is insane, it was given not out by the on field umpire. So if India had their way and there was DRS it would have been...not out! This is a backwards step, I really hope Dhoni gets LBW off a big inside edge.

  • nvpar on June 11, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Why should players do the role of umpires? Why not third umpire intervene in case of a bad decision? Why should there be only two successful reviews? Why is that recommended to be reduced to only one? While we are at 'the success of DRS', how many howlers has been really eliminated by Hawk-Eye? How reliable is Hawk-Eye? Is there any independent review on Hawk-Eye's method? When it comes to LBWs, why can't technology be used ONLY to see there is an inside edge or not and the ball is pitched in the line? If DRS is made compulsory in all formats, who will pay for the technology in matches involving, say, Kenya vs WI or NZ vs Zim? Is ICC ready to bear the expenses?

  • sandokan.baiya on June 11, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    This is disappointing from bcci, 1. bcci creates ipl which weakens world cricket. ipl is like a pandoras box, one day i tell you it will consume world cricket and leave just ipl, the only form of cricket left will be ipl, which will be like american baseball. the only thing i do not understand is who will develop talent from overseas for ipl, when the established stars of test and odi cricket retire. 2. is it a coincidence india won the world cup, i felt like india won over weakened opposition. 3. bcci creates the rules, i tour your country, no UDRS, ensure that pitch last 5 days otherwise no broadcast money (as a consequence batting pitches). 4. opposition to UDRS , wow, i think dhoni is smart enough to use UDRS unlike kumble in the SL-India series 2008 that soured the indian cricketers. 5.any criticism leveled against them, the response of jingoist supporters is oh england did it in 70s

  • Attractivue on June 11, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    I think BCCI is opposing it because of Sachin!

  • maddy20 on June 11, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    If ICC wants to make all the test playing nations accept the UDRS they should ensure that the manufacturers of the HOT SPOT cameras provide all the cricket boards the same in advance. The hotspot is only sureshot way of judging caught-behind decisions whether it nicked the bat or not. I still think BCCI should have convinced the players to accept the UDRS as we are slowly getting used to it as evident from the worldcup.

  • nvpar on June 11, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    To all the people who wonder why BCCI oppose DRS: The reason is Tendulkar was given NOT OUT in the WC semi final. When all the eyes which saw that delivery thought Tendulkar was indeed out, Hawk-Eye said otherwise.

  • AAN_GINA on June 11, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    Anything that is not 100% failsafe should not be implemented, because that reduces the game to mere chance. that is what cold logic states, and Sachin and his Indian batting peers are absolutely right on this.

    England does not have the skills, tenacity and resources to beat the World number 1 test team and the current ODI World Champions, so they should not resort to wily sly tactics, a.k.a la Swann to win the series.

    No UDRS please.

  • on June 11, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    ajmal - sachin. who remembers? strongly believe that India owes the World cup to that 1 single ball when every human watching it on TV believed it was out. but not the DRS.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 11, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    It shouldn't be up to the BCCI to decide. Force the issue.

  • johntycodes on June 11, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    I hope india lose on the last ball of the series when he gets given out caught behind and he misses the ball by a metre.

  • on June 11, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    India should remember that if it were not for DRS, Tendulkar would have been given out and they could have never won the world cup..

  • on June 11, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    stop nagging man,first listen to what our board says , it strongly recommends to use hawk-eye technology to review decisions all trough the match rather than simply calling it off just with simply 3 chances,sachin dhoni and many more seniors are in support of this only

  • on June 11, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    How I wish these Indian batsmen get few howlers in the series.

  • on June 11, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Here we go... while the technology is helping make better decisions Indian cricket seniors are struck in the 18th century mentality. I'd like to see plenty of decisions given against Indians in the up coming series and only that will change the attitude of Indian cricketers.

    But for the DRS, Sachin Tendulkar may have been out against Pakistan in the semis and India would have not even won the recent world cup.

    I'm baffled at the Indian cricket administration and the players for not embracing DRS.

  • Evilpengwinz on June 11, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Thought it was a good idea to count to 10 before writing a comment on this. Can't stand the BCCI. India are playing in OUR country, ENGLAND are the home team, so ENGLAND should decide whether DRS is allowed in the series, not the Indians. Or even better, how about the ICC actually pull their finger out and make it mandatory in test matches, and tell the BCCI to stick their stupid skepticism about the DRS system where the sun doesn't shine?

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Can I say which most don't understand as Dhoni does if cricinfo publishes at least this comment of mine? Current DRS system is not based on technology wholly - it is a combination of technology and umpire's decision. If a ball grazes the off stump and umpire has given out, DRS would conclude it is OUT. If another batsman gets same delivery and umpire has not given out this time, DRS would conclude it as NOT OUT. Same delivery, different batsman, different justice by DRS. So DRS is not correct - this is what Dhoni means as "adulteration of technology with human decisions". I can say numerous examples like this where DRS is total rubbish, someone says it gives 99% correct decisions. Yes, in our dreams. We are not actually noticing such flaws and we are awed by the graphics of hawk-eye and want that system to be introduced. As Dhoni said, Make the DRS system either fully used by technology or leave it to the umpires. Can anyone who support DRS answer this issue?

  • msvknight on June 10, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Just add UDRS to the rules and use when available. I'm not quite sure why anybody is asking batsmen if they "like" something that could get them given out for a faint edge for example. They probably don't like the entire LBW method of getting out, so why don't we go back to the 19th century and get rid of that temporarily as well. I'm sorry, but it looks like BCCI emphasising their dominance of the ICC all over again...

  • wolf777 on June 10, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    UDRS supporters should go back and review two LBW decisions in the World Cup. First Bell given not out because he was outside of 2.5 meters of so called full proof prediction zone and within the same week Umpire Erasmus did not apply the same rule to Chigumbura who was also well outside the 2.5 meters zone. I am all for UDRS as long as the Hawk Eye technology is not used. The Hawk Eye technology seems like 'Voodoo Science'.

  • KANCHANA623 on June 10, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Its absolutely shocking to hear that Indian management is this much out dated.

  • anunad on June 10, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    The BCCI have got it wrong again

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    it s too bad....BCCI should allow UDRS. just think what happened if there would have been no UDRS in india vs pakisthan match. India couldnot have won Worldcup with out UDRS

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Same old BCCI BS. First they didnt want to play T20. Now they swear by it. Then they didnt want DRS. And then Tendulkar's decision got overturned by the DRS. Err.seriously, I think we have fools who cant think in the BCCI. All they have with them are they egos and tons of cash, while they have left their brains in the 20th century.

  • MrsBoycottsStickOfRhubarb on June 10, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    To those saying it's not worth implementing a system that isn't 100% reliable - I've got news for you: Nothing is 100% reliable. If you want perfection I'm afraid you might as well stop playing cricket, and any other sport for that matter.

    If Dhoni is given out lbw after getting a thick inside edge and Tendulkar is given out caught off his pads in the first Test, I sincerely hope there's no whinging about bad decisions like there was at Trent Bridge in 2007.

    You never know, the HD TV cameras might've picked up a few jelly beans...

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    The BCCI are perfectly within their rights to take this stance. I'm one of the (apparent) minority who believe that the extra 5% or so of correct decisions does not justify the sacrifice of "the umpire's decision is final", which is fundamental to the spirit of the game. This was the position of the ECB until decisions started going our way.

    Having said that, I have to accept that the majority rules - and the DRS is undoubtedly popular. But while the rules are framed as they are, they give all nations the right to say whether or not they are in favour of it. India are not, which is perfectly fair.

    I think the human side to the game - even the human error side - is a good thing. And there's going to come a point - think Edgbaston '05 - at which a dramatic climax to an epic test is nullified by the DRS. The umpire's finger is the ultimate sporting judgment; there's something gladiatorial about it, absolutely final like the Roman Emperor's thumb. Good on India for keeping it that way.

  • yorkslanka on June 10, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Why are india so scared of the udrs? Surely they would want to get the right decision the majority if the time?using their logic, you shouldn't have umpires then as the decisions are not 100% correct-as proved by the udrs ! The icc should stop being so toothless and make it mandatory.i hope loads of decisions go against India, that will teach the bcci a good lesson

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    someone remind Team India dat dey won the world cup because of UDRS as in d semis against Pakistan Ajmal to Tendulkar looked pretty out n also in second ODI against WI there were a lot of close shouts

  • Harvey on June 10, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    @drsamprasad even if DRS isn't 100% reliable, it has been shown in practice to be considerably more reliable than just leaving it to the umpires. Like the majority of cricket fans in England - and I'm sure in India too - I am disappointed that the BCCI dinosaurs are being allowed to enforce their backward policy on the rest of the world.

  • on June 10, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    cant understand the reason and the indian logic .DRS must b used

  • on June 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    I am with the BCCI on this one. Why in god's name doesn't the ICC not test this stuff out at first class / List A level before rolling it out internationally? Why are there teething problems at test level? Why were new rules being tested out only in the World Cup? Why do only certain games have technology X and not others? Why is it still so expensive? If it's good enough to be forced on all teams at all levels, why do the broadcasters need to foot the bill? Get all the bugs out first and then force things on players.

  • bhaloniaz on June 10, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Rana said "Those who have power never like objective decision making. They always like grey areas because they beneft the most". Not true at all. BCCI is fair and balanced. DRS may give us fewer mistakes, we want a full-proof system(according to Godel's law no one would be able to prove 100% correctness). We would rather have incorrect decision [as many fans pointed out its more fun when its uncertain]. Like my favorite batsman is out. But now its upto the unmpire to decide whether he is "not out" or "out"? We do not want the better team to win. We want the luckier team to win. Off course we can push our luck with some pressure from the media. Great decision BCCI!! Good job ECB as well.

  • MeowCat on June 10, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    umpires change games,tournaments,with just a raise of a finger.That finger deserves to be questioned,its too powerful and gamebreaking.Damn india..

  • on June 10, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    @drsamprasad Are you saying that human umpires are perfect? Hawkeye might not be perfect but I think its probably at a similar level to the best umpires, and no-one can say its not impartial. The issue is nothing about being foolproof, its about deciding the most accurate (and fairest) way forward.

  • InnocentGuy on June 10, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    It isn't surprising that the BCCI does not want the DRS. Not because they don't trust the technology, but because if they accept it now, it would look like they succumbed to pressure from ICC and other boards. In any case, I don't like DRS simply because, the game has already been spoiled with the advent of T20. Taking away the uncertainties of umpiring decisions only makes it less authentic. For every 10 proper decisions, there's bound to be 1 or 2 bad ones made by the umpires. That's just the game, gentlemen.

  • ushakiran on June 10, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    india drawn the series with sa without DRS. remember the 2nd test in durban how india won that.

  • BMayuresh on June 10, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Same as human errors the technology too has its shortcomings. Then why such a debate? If DRS is implemented, anyways the role of umpire will be less important as compared to without DRS. Also the short-comings of DRS as seen earlier with Rick Ponting's outburst. It seems good to avoid DRS till it becomes a full-proof system. Deployment of a system with short-comings will any way not give 99% correct result but will surely contribute in more debates.

  • Thivagar93 on June 10, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    ICC introduces a new system(UDRS) and not many countries are aware of how to use it, and then every playing country falls in love with it and because one country says "no" its being stripped out.

    it is not our fault that Indian players do not know how to discuss with the team before appealing for a review

  • on June 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    What's been good to see on here is that Indian fans disagree with the stance taken by the BCCI. And as been said on here before, the ICC should make the UDRS mandatory.

  • svinodmenon on June 10, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    In Tennis it is very easy to use the referral, since they look into the line, but Hawk Eye isn't 100% correct, not even 90 %. Most off the captains were unhappy during the WC. SL is the worst in the use of Referral during WC, neither England got everything right. You cannot expect DRS in 100% matchs then why use it. England can use when they play at homw, what will happen if they travel netherland, do Netherland use referral with hotspot, no is the answer. then what is the use of it.wheen it is not consistent with the countries. Can SL provide Hot spot in all their home matches. There will be 100's of questtions raised, if you make it mandatory. If not using it, only one question.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 10, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    @GreatWhitePathan: Pakistan fans seems to be obsessed with Tendulkar's wicket in the WC semi. If Sachin was out earlier, both his runs _and_ balls played would have been minus'd. With those extra balls, some other batasman would have scored runs - its not like Indian batting lineup stops with Sachin nowadays!

  • svinodmenon on June 10, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Dude, everyone has to think before you put up a statement. UDRS is very costly while using hot spot and hawk-eye. Will Bangladesh or WI can catch up the cost ???. Can everyone assure that in all the matches in all the countries hosting Intl matches can spend this much money. No is the answer. Afterall ICC cannot able to provide the Hot Spot tech in a WC which is the most prestigious tournament. lol, shame on you guys, India will accept if ICC provide the facility for fre. lol. Don't blame Dhoni & BCCI for everything, you guys don't know the exact truth, just reading some news and making statement.

  • monayi on June 10, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I think, technology is providing a fair idea about the decisions.I don't know, why Indian players are criticising this technology.We must accept that we got some crucial decisions favoured in the world cups.But, when we come to Indian players decision, that decision helps the role of the umpire's more relevant.But tecnology should be implemented, because we can avoid some blunder decisions of the umpires.

  • nexus-7 on June 10, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I think DRS is very helpful on those occasions when the on-field umpire is incorrect about his decision, as he is not 100% right all the time. But, with this system in place players look a bit tempted to request for DRS rather often. This action somehow makes the umpire look bad. I doubt any audience should have a problem with it. Irrelevant of which team you support, the system seems to establish *sporting justice* . As we see, it is human visual processing vs electronics/computer/machine. With the technology currently available including both the hardware & software we can agree that DRS is accurate. For some reason, BCCI's decision looks quite 'backward' to me as they are not willing to evolve even after being fully aware of DRS advantages. Pathetic!

  • Meracric on June 10, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    DRS should become mandatory so it can be used regularly. Its a great system and eliminates chances of human errors. India is one of the top team in the world in all formats they should not have problem using it. Let see if ICC is strong enough to implement the DRS system.

  • mannatshergill on June 10, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    very well done BCCI..if we continue to introduce technology like that tonatural game , one day we will see only technology lalying game without presence of players. Let the natural game stands and use the human being for man 's game.

  • on June 10, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    I support BCCI. Atleast now they will be forced to go back to the white board and come up with better system dealing with LBWs. Right now, the on-field umpire calls the third umpire. He is allowed to ask questions and third umpire should just answer them. And finally the "On-field' umpire should take the call. That to me is ridiculous. So if an umpire thinks its a close call and still believes its a not out, he can only ask "Is it in the line?" "Is the height low enough?" "is the impact less than 2.5m?". If yes , he has to give out. My point is there will be many not outs that qualify in these categories. India suffered in SL when everything mendis & murali appealed were given out. Bottom line: If you just want to remove obvious errors remove LBW from UDRS or come up with a better system. Or make it so that only a batsman can appeal against an LBW if he knicked it.Otherwise leave it to umpires. If you dont budge, bcci will make u budge.

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Can I say which most don't understand as Dhoni does if cricinfo publishes at least this comment of mine? Current DRS system is not based on technology wholly - it is a combination of technology and umpire's decision. If a ball grazes the off stump and umpire has given out, DRS would conclude it is OUT. If another batsman gets same delivery and umpire has not given out this time, DRS would conclude it as NOT OUT. Same delivery, different batsman, different justice by DRS. So DRS is not correct - this is what Dhoni means as "adulteration of technology with human decisions". I can say numerous examples like this where DRS is total rubbish, someone says it gives 99% correct decisions. Yes, in our dreams. We are not actually noticing such flaws and we are awed by the graphics of hawk-eye and want that system to be introduced. As Dhoni said, Make the DRS system either fully used by technology or leave it to the umpires. Can any of the intelligent people who support DRS answer this issue?

  • on June 10, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    thats ridiculous, who doesnt like a better look on a decision and a fair game..........BCCI thinks their players now have sufficient appealing power to convince umpires or make them think again:)

  • on June 10, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    If a poll is taken among the Indian cricket fans 95% will agree that UDRS is the way forward. I think BCCI will bow to it only when Sachin retires. It seems he is the only one against it. Sorry Sachin, being a great fan of yours I cant understand what is going through your mind.

  • Marvin on June 10, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    I blame Aggers!! Still don't understand the argument against DRS.... Who doesn't want 99% of correct decisions?!!

  • scripted on June 10, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Ignore the senior players and use technology where it can help!

  • s382412 on June 10, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    worst, worst, worst.................... India's reluctance to accept the DRS system. India should support such things which reduce the human errors................ India will realize it soon when they will be on receiving end.

  • MIZDXB on June 10, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    ICC should make UDRS mandatory regardless of what Indian batsmen say !!! Indian batsmen should not be allowed to bully the game.

  • Prats6 on June 10, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    I dont understand why ECB & ICC has to take flak for the decision as most comments suggest, its a rule that both the boards need to agree for DRS to be used, BCCI wont, so unless ICC makes it mandatory or gives the power to the home board all of India's Test matches will be played with 18th Century rules.

    Come on BCCI & Senior Players(whoever they may be) isn't it time to grow up?

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Insane, will they say the same in 100 years?

  • Danksl on June 10, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    If ICC Wants to develop cricket they should take a step towards this DSRS. India keeps ignoring this. I think DSRS should be Mandatory.

  • latercut on June 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Make the lbw also optional I say, perhaps one day, a team will choose to veto it ahead of a tour ....

  • on June 10, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    DRS is a good system to overcome the Umpiring decision errors. I never understood why ICC always bow down on BCCI decisions. Can't ICC enforce its Laws on any cricketing national Boards?

  • TheGecko on June 10, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    He might be the one of the best captains India has ever had, but Dhoni's reluctance to use the DRS seems silly, to say the least. Sample this - Dhoni said that he is always reluctant to purchase a life jacket without an accompanying warranty. In this case, there is no life jacket available with a warranty(ie. DRS is not perfect). So what would he do? Would he rather drown than use whatever is available to safe his life?

  • landl47 on June 10, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Just to be clear, it's not for the ECB to accept or reject India's position on the DRS. Under the ICC rules, if either country will not accept the DRS, it cannot be used. England could withdraw its invitation to India to tour, but that would cost cricket fans the chance to see a series between two of the top teams in the world, besides forfeiting a lot of money and opportunities for players. I just find it baffling that anyone, player or country, would oppose having more correct decisions in the game. The responses to this article show that the fans, including the Indian fans, are pretty much unanimous in their rejection of the Indian board's position. If I were a BCCI member, I'd be praying that Sachin doesn't get a bad decision that the DRS would have reversed. If that happens, the outcry will be horrendous.

  • vdheerajcric on June 10, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    great guys.. so you people know more about cricket than bcci do.. then y dont everyone try to be president of bcci or some post and improve indian cricket which is currently the leading test team which it achieved without using review system.. unlike other boards bcci is respecting umpires decision.. just be positive guys.. just enjoy the game..decisions and selection procedure will be done by bcci.. just enjoy the game plssssssss

  • barodianrockers on June 10, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    I am agree with BCCI's decision as on lbw decision they always TRY to favor umpire as they keep it with ON FIELD call as that should not be happened ....as we are saying its a system to overcome human errors...its should be either out or not out ....not like ON FIELD call as they give more favor to UMPIRES....

  • elsmallo on June 10, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    The Indian players are wrong. Their batsman fear for their perfect averages against Swann and don't fancy it because he bowls so straight. You can't have everything the way you want it. India should embrace DRS like everyone else. As everyone points out, they actually benefitted from it during the World Cup.

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    How long BCCI and "Senior" Indian Cricketers oppose this technology Support!!!

    Wonderful technology with the help of Hotspot will always be fruitful!!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    UDRS TECHNOLOGY IS NOT UP TO THE MARK

    NEED SO MANY CHANGES

  • PraveenK on June 10, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    DRS may not be 100% accurate but better than not having anything. Alsp,just depend on old aged umpires is not fair for the batsmen/bowler and the viewers. India opposed initially T20 format also, but later on they became champions:)

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    DRS without hotspot, snickometer and corrections to the 2.4m lbw rule is not going to be accurate. This has been exposed time and again. Sometimes, when when balls clip the stumps, why is it not out? Is there any scientific data to indicate that this is an accurate system? Is it customized based on the grounds, weather conditions, height and speed of delivery during release, during point of contact and during pact on to the stumps. Also, does it consider the side of contact (full seam, angled, ball surface) of ball to ground (ball trajectory changes). I support BCCI's stand that this system still needs improvement. Else there is no value addition

  • drsamprasad on June 10, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Good decision by the BCCI. ICC has accepted that hawk eye isnt 100% reliable.. i dont understand why ICC wants to implement a system that isnt fool proof!

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    i think dhoni and BCCI shall remember that had it not been for UDRS,India would have well and truly lost that semi final game at mohali against pakistan.SaCHIN'S lbw looked absolutely plumb,and had Sachin got out at that moment India would have found very difficult to win that tie. hence BCCI shall think again regarding their outlook towards use ofUDRS

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    It is scared, our Indian team. True, there had been few instances when it did not work in their favour. However, on a whole, DRS is really useful. It was quiet successful, if not largely, in the world cup as well and it is very efficiently used in current series between Sri Lanka and England. BCCI and Indian Team need to understand that human errors can be eliminated by it and doubtful decisions can be challenged. They need to move forward, not remain stubborn.

  • Cricket-Dynamos on June 10, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Oh India are Saying No to UDRS..Then what Saved SACHIN IN THE BIG MATCH OF THE WORLD CUP BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN 11TH OVER AND SAEED AJMAL THE BOWLER IN INDIA'S INNINGS...THE REVIEW HAD SAVED HIM...AND THUS SCORED 85 MATCH WINNING RUNS..EVEN IN MATCH AGAINST WEST INDIES ASWIN'S WICKET WITH THE CARROM BALL WAS OVERTURNED AS OUT BECAUSE OF UDRS....JUST BECAUSE IAN BELL WAS NOT GIVEN OUT IT DOSEN'T MEAN THAT UDRS IS TO BE IGNORED...BCCI IS WORKING UNDER THE ICC...AT THE MOMENT IT IS LOOKING VICE VERSA....NOT A FAIR CALL AT ALL...SHOULD GIVE UDRS A TRY FOR ATLEAST TWO SERIES BEFORE COMING TO A CONCLUSION....

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Why is there so much bashing and talk about bcci ruling over the icc? Please note that the law clearly states that both teams have to agree to have the drs. If one side isn't happy, then how is it fair to argue that it be forced on them?

    And for all you cricketing pundits out there, i think the players who actually play the game have a much better idea of the system and its advantages than us, so lets leave it to them instead of commenting on something we will only see and not experience first hand.

  • CricketChat on June 10, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    I am baffled by India's continued reluctance to use DRS despite it doing a good job of removing human error element on most occasions. On odd decision will always go wrong as there is nothing called a perfect system in this world. In the end, only Ind will be at disadvantage for their actions.

  • WickedVicky on June 10, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    It's a fair decision by BCCI considering the numerous instances during the recent series in SL and the WC where this technology has proved costly to them...this should not be considered as domination by BCCI..this is the voice of senior players like Sachin n Dhoni which cannot be overlooked...

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    It's simple...either we (India) use it or we should be exiled from all cricket till the next World Cup....that's the hard stance ICC needs to take. All other countries are very happy using it, and you don't hear any complaints from them....I don't understand what is wrong with us!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    get rid of it i say also get rid of the consistant replays over an over again of the errors that umpires do for petes sake they are human we ALL make mistakes let us all take the good with the bad an enjoy this great game

  • reality_check on June 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @wolf777: If Bell's decision is the best example to oppose UDRS then Tendulkar's reversal in semis is the best example to go for it. You can't pick and choose when to use it when not which is what BCCI is trying to do.

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    ICC also recommended in recent meeting about cutting off two reviews per innings to one review per innings. The problem is ICC is yet to introduce a standard reliable system of DRS. I do support BCCI as otherwise ICC would be experimenting the DRS for 10 years with one change or another made to it for every six months. Let the ICC bring BCCI into a meeting and get to know what the problems in the system are and try to address it and bring a DRS system which appeals to all the players in the world. After all, Bradman, Sobers and Richards played without DRS system only and Indian players also want the same. I do not understand why those who say the advent of T20 or IPL as an ill supports technology in Test Cricket now. I feel DRS must be introduced but after addressing all the current flaws in the system. It's purely in the hands of BCCI and ICC to sit together and implement a solution. Otherwise, BCCI would keep away from every series they play, people can just rebuke but can do nothing

  • Rapchiik on June 10, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Come on Guys.. India is opposed to DRS. That is not illegal. Why did the ICC give an option to choose? I don't think this is BCCI showing their power. India has always opposed DRS from start. No point in blaming BCCI, If ICC wants it in every test series then make it mandatory. What if Aus or SL board had objected? And if the point made here is that India is opposing bcos they think it will be beneficial for them, the same can be said for other countries that they want it for same reason. Moreover, I think the DRS system still has flaws and needs to be properly thought over before making it mandatory.

  • a_a_b on June 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    one word... RIDICULOUS !

  • CaoBoi on June 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    First, I am an Indian and I don't like this decision by BCCI. That said, it's the rule. Both countries have to agree for them to use technology. BCCI doesn't want to use. So why all the anguish ? Just change the damn rule, make it mandatory. Untill then why be mad at BCCI for exercising their right ?

  • InnocentGuy on June 10, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    It isn't surprising that the BCCI does not want the DRS. Not because they don't trust the technology, but because if they accept it now, it would look like they succumbed to pressure from ICC and other boards.

    In any case, I don't like DRS simply because, the game has already been spoiled with the advent of T20. Taking away the uncertainties of umpiring decisions only makes it less authentic. For every 10 proper decisions, there's bound to be 1 or 2 bad ones made by the umpires. That's just the game, gentlemen.

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    m an indian and still favour the DRS.......if it had not been for DRS ajmal and co wud hav sent tendulkar and india packing in the semis of the world cup.....BCCI is looking only towards the negative prospect which i find absurd!!!!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Why are certain senior players afraid of using a technology which helped us winning the World Cup?

  • on June 10, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    DURING THE WORLD CUP 2011, THERE WERE MANY ARGUMENTS AND DEBATES ON DRS SYSTEMS .ON THIS POINT,EVEN AFTER REVIEW , DECISIONS WERE VERY MUCH DEBATABLE AND MANY COMMENTATORS WERE DISCUSSING THE CORRECTNESS OF THE DECISIONS. AS SUCH I AM OF THE OPINION THERE SHOULD BE A PANEL OF EXPERTS CONSISTING OF FORMER PLAYERS, UMPIRES AND ADMINISTRATORS ELABORATELY DISCUSS ON THE SUBJECT AND COME TO THE FINAL CONCLUSION TO ACCEPT OR REFUSE THE DRS SYSTEM.

  • m_ilind on June 10, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    India's senior players haven't forgotten the embarassment of UDRS in the SL tour. The decisions were 11-2 against their favor.

  • homebound on June 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Atleast the senior Indian players have shown some integrity in sticking to their views on UDRS. India evidently benefitted greatly from UDRS during their successful world cup campaign, most notably Sachin winning the review against Pak in the semifinal. But that hasn't made them do a volteface and support UDRS.

  • DaGameChanger on June 10, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    So from the comments it looks like MOST of the INDIAN FANS are OK with DRS but not the BCCI. Even Indian fan seems to be confused on this one?

  • Younus313 on June 10, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Are we talking about the same UDRS that saved Sachin Tendulkar in the India v Pakistan world cup semi-final even though he was plumb? Sachin didn't mind using it then, did he? My point, is that it should be all or nothing. Either all series use the UDRS or none...come on ICC...take control!

  • KiQa55 on June 10, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    I think India is right in refusing..the correct decision-or the wrong one- has to be made by the ump n ump alone..if it comes to challenging the ump, why stop at 2 chances for each team? all decisions should be challenged..I would be for DRS if it was completely flawless..if it made a 100% right decisions..but somehow DRS decisions bite India in the backside..so why would India want to shoot themselves in the foot and agree to a stick that they know they are going to the short end of?

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Hawk-eye isn't 100% accurate, so I can understand why they might have doubts over its use, unless it's proven to be accurate you may as well stay with the opinion of the on field umpires. From what I understand the BCCI don't have a problem with technologies such as hotspot and the instant replay.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Presumably BCCI would also prefer no third umpire for run out decisions!? Low catches?! Fielders touching the rope!? Basically, they are saying that cricket is a better game when the person who needs the MOST information (the umpire) has, in reality, the LEAST information. The mind boggles…

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    As long as DRS is a challenge made by the players, it is a very bad idea. And thankfully BCCI is still upholding the traditions of the game. If guys want to use a DRS, then let the third umpire make the call on whether to review or not. Players should not be having a say in it. Again, none of the technologies are perfect. There is a human hand, whether it is direct or indirect. Let the umpires make the decision. Players should only be worried about performing on the field.

  • ayubshaikh on June 10, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    if schin tendulkar dismissal in the world cup semi final would have not been over turned with the help of UDRS then india would have been out of the word cup in the semis

  • Mogadon on June 10, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Can't understand why the ECB keep getting flak about bowing to the Indian board? The ICC set the rule that both boards must agree on UDRS use in a series and therefore it is not the ECB's decision to make or disagree with.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    @ Smithie, if India don't tour Australia later on this year the only loss will go to cricket australia by not playing...BCCI is powerful and any skipped tour will not hurt them..AS far as UDRS is concerned, it was a bit flawed in CWC 2011, specially it sucked in India England tie game...so its fine for the BCCI to reject it...

  • MarcB on June 10, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    These things tend to come back to bite you, and I am predicting India will get bitten.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    immense challenge for the Test series Empires..........thy should be concentrated at their best.........anywayz lets wait n see

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Hope BCCI and the Indian players are against DRS for the right reasons, and not safety ones...

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    The UDRS might decrease incorrect decisions. But with it in place, it takes the uncertainity of the game and makes umpires into ball boys with no real need for umpiring as all the decisions can now be taken by a machine.

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    It was quite evident in the 2nd match vs WI that UDRS was sorely missed. I can't understand why they are so obsessed with not embracing it!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Despite being an Indian fan I think it is really obsolete to keep rejecting the DRS.. Sachin himself got the wrong decisions corrected during Ind-Pak Semi Final..

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    BCCI was previously accused of destroying the traditional aspect of the game. Now it is accused of opposing something that would destroy it further? I think ICC needs to push for better technology. This , not even close to perfect, technology is very distracting. Every other game there seems to be a controversy created by the system.

  • bddhika_harindat on June 10, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    I think either India needs to accept it or get out of international cricket if they can't stick to believe benefits you could gain from it rather than negative aspects of it. If India is such a strong side as they pretend to be, why are they so scared of using the system in this it driven global culture. At least once their so called Sachin is out of the game they will accept??? Please get out of the game without demoralizing others teams...thanks

  • simpleguy2008 on June 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I request ICC should boycott the series against the Indian as they will always says no to the UDRS system .I hope i will see one country says no for the series against india if they dont use UDRS system .

  • SnowSnake on June 10, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Any mathematician will reject UDRS as a system. It replaces one subjective human decision with three subjective human decisions (Umpire, batsman or bowler, 3rd umpire), error prone technology (floating point errors) and artificial constriants (Max of 2 unsuccessful reviews). Also, with the availability of technology, Umpires do a sloppy job on the field. If UDRS is to be adopted then FIRE the umpires from the field. Why do we need them? This hybrid system is useless in my opinion. It only adds to cricket bearaucracy.

  • simpleguy2008 on June 10, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    It is going to be a dull series without using the UDRS.

  • Emperor_Selassie on June 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Why are you so against the correct decision being made BCCI?? makes no sense to me at all, the DRS is clearly working now after teething problems, they used it in the WC. Maybe trying to negate swanny a bit?

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    I too agree that the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar against Pakistan in the semi finals was a turning point. although he was given out LBW, the UDRS challenge overturned that decision by umpire Ian Gould. Sachin went on to score 80 odd runs to help India put up a fighting score and win eventually. I personally feel that instincts take over when you are challenging and Indian team has been hurt several times by making wrong challenges in the recent past, hence the reluctance to accept UDRS. it is not a fool proof system but still the right way to go

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    back to the stone age! This is Stupid..!! Honestly, the BCCI makes Indians look stupid. The UDRS significantly decreases incorrect decisions. Why would u oppose that., It's the 100% available technology used it. UDRS is better for everyone and for cricket. very few decisions go against, but udrs is the way ahead. i hope people with common sense wud do justice to udrs

  • shrtlg on June 10, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    It's not a flawless system and never will be. However it's a better system that results in more correct decisions. There's only one LOGICAL reason why someone wouldn't want it to be implemented, and that is to retain the unpredictable and much more easily swayable human aspect.

  • Vbsb on June 10, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I don't know what is the problem with BCCI...UDRS is a good system....nothing will happen like happened in 2008 in Australia if UDRS is in use...I think BCCI should use this...as according to me its a good system.....!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    well it can favor any team , its not like it is bad - infact we get a better decision under DRS but end of the day if u look from true sports man spirit - Right Decision should prevail. It should either be adopted for everyone / game OR just completely taken away !!! else we are NOT being fair to the game of cricket !!!

  • donda on June 10, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    India is super power in cricket , as Dhoni is obama of cricket therefore i am not surprised by Indian decision to not use UDRS.

    Might is always right and india is using its power here , its not about what is right or what is wrong , its about using your veto power to just show your dominance.

    I believe that cricket should be played under natural conditions and with human umpires who on their choice can take technology advantage on request.

    Cricket was better in 80's 90' and 00 because umpires used to change the match result on the own and that was fun too.

    I still remember it was extremely hard in WI and India to win because of bad Umpiring and i kind a like it because it was their home advantage.

    Good luck india.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Not that Indians may not have a legitimate grievance about the UDRS system, but whether it also constitutes a double standard where the less influential teams may remain effected by similar if the overall problem of umpiring. So the questions:

    - Is this system of UDRS or the Hawk Eye fundamentally subject to manipulation? the so called man behind the machine

    - Whether the answer is still in the good old system of credible umpires - with acceptable mistakes.

    - Can you eliminate, as much possible, those decisions subject to umpiring: -rules for the batters,but clear LBW- -eliminate nicks, bat and pad/glove or arm - -No/balls that can be instantly checked by auto- ringer, similarly run oust (whether or not the bat is touching the ground) -other decisions easily visible at TV just as the recordings to be tested for necessary action.

    All these have bearing on the process, just as honesty, unfair advantage and above all attitudes...........

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Remember the final one day match agaisnt engladn last time..... india had 4 decisions agaisnt them..... the same is going to happen with them in this series...

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Being an Indian I feel that our board has been acting like obtuse in this UDRS case.Had sachin tendulkar given out in the Wc semi,would not that be all over for India?

  • kaushiq on June 10, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    one thing everyone is neglecting here, the headline says senior players support no UDRS which is totally unacceptable n foolish. i just dont see what Indias problem is with UDRS system. i so wish tht the world cup didnt had udrs system and sachin would have been out early against pakistan and probably they would have had a low score and lose the match

  • CricketingStargazer on June 10, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Being cynical, if DRS is used for the series, you can blame umpires for a defeat. Or maybe they are scared of facing Graeme Swann backed-up by DRS. No technology can EVER be 100% reliable so, if that's the criterion, it will never be sanctioned and we'll have to stick with the 95% or whatever that human umpires provide.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @akshay_mehta 1, don't get me wrong, I'm not supporting or defending any group. I watch all the cricket matches, I just love that. And I love that more when a fair decesion is served (doesn't matter, if that a player I love to watch has been served the decesion against him). Perhaps, I wouldn't love to watch him, surviving from a wrong decesion. I'm a BD supporter. But, I got my support for all good players, performing their moments and all good games. Better, not to be blind to the one we love, but to a better one at that particular game. And this way, we'll broaden up your horizons and enjoy (look at me) the game better (I bet on that)!

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    oh god! this is ridiculous...this system has reduced the no. of incorrect decisions & Indian think tank have gone mad really...

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    It's a pitty, living in 2011 and sticking to the ideas of 1900! If you're really a number one, act like that! Don't try to fool the rest of the world by your current desire to go with the old method, inteding to be favoured by the umpires wrong decesions. Now is the time to force them, accepting the DRS to make the field decesions as well as the game clean, rather than trying to achive something from a back door. We, the spectators, want to watch the games clean and fair. And all the evidences, so far, show that the DRS helped a lot to maximise fair decesions both for the bowlers and the batsmen.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    If u dont trust the technology, u should stop it in all respects. Why do u use the technology for a RUN OUT or STUMPING ? Wrong decision.

  • smjr on June 10, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    The opposing of India for not using UDRS is understandable. Indian bowlers like Zaheer, Munaf, Harbajan, Mshra etc are very accurate and their line seldom deviate from stumps compared to bowlers of other countries therefore umpire shall give LBW out without the DRS system. On the other hand the technique of their batsman e.g Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ghambir etc is also very solid and they usually get a plumb LBW. Now if there is a close call for LBW than umpire in all probability will not give it out so using DRS system may might alter the umpire decision. In view of this the DRS is not benificial to them at the moment. But I think the standard of Indian cricket is raised very high and technology should be used unanimously by all countries.

  • instigator on June 10, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    the ICC should make it mandatory or dont used it at all, we cant have it in one series and dont have it in another. it crap is either they use it or they dont use it at all.

  • Hasso29 on June 10, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    this is totally ridiculous!

  • Devapriya on June 10, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    India have never recovered from suffering during the first UDRS sweries ever against SL in 2008. I remember watching the first ever referral live in Colombo when Dilshan was given out caught behind when on 0 - he referred immediately knowing he did not touch the ball and went on to score a century!

  • Praxis on June 10, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Wow! Some people seem to point out the flaws of this DRS, but is the current system better than this? Come on BCCI, you are annoying everyone else.

  • concerned_cricketer on June 10, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    UDRS is its current shape is quite disappointing. If it is used, then the 2.5 metre rule has to be done away with because it would be like cancelling the UDRS in the middle of using it. Doesn't make much sense. When we start using Hot Spot and Snicko along with UDRS then it starts to become a bit more acceptable. Even then I think we should closely scrutinise the technology in snicko used to cancel out the background noise. Otherwise there might be mistakes. When humans make mistakes, we can live with it, because we know that to err is human. We don't have a choice there. But when technology is imperfect we have the choice of not using it, because in the viewer's mind (ie my mind) that would always look like a conspiracy by the third umpire. There is so much money in cricket, just spend a few billion and improve the tech and then use it.

  • udhab619 on June 10, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    this is such a rubbbish!!!! i if udrs is part of test cricket then it should be in use all over the world...no matter who wants to use or not..If some team cannot make good use of it they should improve in that field too just like batting, bowling and fielding.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Well the technology is good for the betterment of the cricket. You cannot have 100% flawless technology at least in the beginning. What DRS is giving I would say at least 98% which is much better. Unless we start using it regularly, it will never go near to 100%. At some point BBCI has to accept it. Interesting will be to see how long they can avoid it. I am a die-hard fan of team India but I am totally not with refusing DRS. I really hope DRS will be there during Eng Ind series.

  • Rezaul on June 10, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    India and their God Sachin+MSD are worried that if UDRS comes in place then they will no longer be benefited by the close decisions which normally comes on their way. When everybody wants to use UDRS simply because it provides you with more correct decisions then India oppose is funny. Dont they want more correct decisions to be made? Or they want to be beneficiary always because umpires tend to give close decisions on their favour. ICC has to force them to accept the technology. No alternatives. Its enough. Earlier they said no hot spot use. But this time ECB is using hot spot also, still they (India) dont want UDRS.

  • bigwonder on June 10, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @dinith_sw, If England ditches the tour, who will they play against? Bangladesh, Pakistan or West Indies? I am sure the makers to be would prefer playing against a team that has broad viewership that can translate into marketing dollars, rather then fuss about DRS. Ian Bell's non-dismissal in WC 2011 is best the example on why UDRS should not be used.

  • bapiojah on June 10, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    lets see India's reaction if Sachin is wrongly given out lb on 99 or India lose by 1 run due to an umpiring error, and we are without DRS, in the forthcoming series against the English...would like to know what MSD and the senior Indian player say then....

  • mensan on June 10, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    England should cancel India tour and invite some other team instead. This is the minimum they need to do.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    GOD!!! just because India doesnt like it, i have a feeling that the UDRS will be scratched off from the game... Pathetic

  • slipfielder on June 10, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I think the reason is so that the senior players can keep their averages over 55. It is well known that UDRS will result in more LBW decisions going in favor of the bowler. Plonking the front foot forward to play spinners may not be a viable option anymore with UDRS.

  • venbas on June 10, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    The UDRS gets people to be more responsible in appeals as well. You know for sure that you will be dinged by technology if you are just trying to put a grand show of appealing. Hence the fielding team will be playing hard but good cricket. Similarly batsmen are liable to walk when they know that there is a good little nick that is sure to be nailed by DRS. Instead of shying away from an extradinary error (10%), BCCI should embrace the technology for the 90% accuracy. Otherwise the umpires/players are going to do their best to make it a 50-50 show. Any school kid will vouch that 90 is greater than 50.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    You can run, but you can't hide.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    I just remember the Indian players saying that they wanted the hotspots and when i saw Hotspot being used for the ENG-SL series, i thot it will be used for ENG-IND series as well. Now wats d prob with hotspot?

  • Chris_Howard on June 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    What are Dhoni and Tendulkar so scared of? They face balls at 100mph, why are they scared af DRS? To argue that it gets some decisions wrong is misleading and an attempt to create a fallacy. As so many readers have said, it overall increases the number of decisions gotten right, and Dhoni and Tendulkar can't argue against that. Why do they demand it to be perfect? Their irrational fears are holding back the game. Like so many others here, including their own countrymen, I hope they lose the England Test series because of the absence of DRS.

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    and they say ICC is partial towards BCCI .... If any bad decision happens against them the Media is right there to bash the umpires

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I hope India gets all the howlers .. that might put some sense in them ...bunch of egotists !!

  • Naveed85 on June 10, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    can't understand ..why they are opposing it .. MSD used it effectively in WC. I think BCCi just wanted to show their power

  • on June 10, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    though as an Indian am pretty happy with it coz the so called cricketing giant's(England) cud not enforce it upon us.though i feel the old tradition of valuing the umpire's decision wateva it is shud be the norm.one day it'l become compulsary.so before everybody start's hating us y don we accept it??.and one gentleman had the brains to say we were afraid of the DRS due to swann is rubbish.u find a swann every gully in India.BCCI do something positive...lets not be hated by one and all.....do some brainwashing to dhoni.....

  • cool.dhruva.007 on June 10, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Are they just trying to stand out different here????????? \

  • 200ondebut on June 10, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    What a shame - DRS is obviously a progressive advancement for the game allowing for obviously incorrect decisions to be reversed. India obviously feel they will get an advantage by not having it in place - eg they get more erroneous decisions going their way than against them. Lets hope the umpires are strong and good enough to ensure that this does not happen.

    With regard to the future of DRS - I am not sure how in a democratic society the views of the BCCI can take precedence over the majority of other nations views. I think they need to come out and say what the problem is.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    The Hawk-Eye and the Hotspot together seems very reliable. I think BCCI and Dhoni are being silly. It is working just fine at the current ENG-SL series.

  • Almost on June 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    The ICC is the biggest fish in the pond..why let the BCCI call the shots???

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    DRS with Hotspot is amazing, the ICC needs to toughen up and tell the BCCI who is the boss, other than India all major teams have accepted DRS. If ICC is going to keep bowing down to the BCCI then you might as well change the meaning of ICC to Indian cricket council

  • KingOwl on June 10, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Those who have power never like objective decision making. They always like grey areas because they beneft the most from lack of clarity. That is fundamental in the art and science of undue influence. Bad for cricket, good for India.

  • GreatWhitePathan on June 10, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    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. -------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, I didn't hear Dhoni complaining about Tendulkar's reprieve in the semi-final against Pakistan. That LBW was absolutely plumb!

  • Amjadhusain on June 10, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    No suprise India blocking DRS. But they must remember they would not have won the world cup had it not been the technology which some how gave Sachin not out in the semi final.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Damn Damn BCCI !!!!!!! now if we lose due to bad decisions don't strt cribbing abt the umpires, do u want another sydney match ?? just one two bad decisions r enough to lose a series or a match , why can't bcci cooperate with all other boards i mean when no one's having a problem why is bcci having it damn our board sucks

  • Spike13 on June 10, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    what is this!!! the DRS system is so usefull just watch at WC it has proved that it is very good. only india is against it. without it, it wil just make a dull series that nobodu whant to watch. LOL at tendulkar he is against it he was saved because of it in the world cup. the DRS system should be A must in every series it can change games sso now more boring draws in test.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Yes, there were a few blunders like Ian bell's decision. But on the whole, the game couldn't have been benefited so much by anything else. The end result has been many blunders avoided. We Indians could not get the DRS decisions in our favour because we had no experience of using it and thats a fact. We should have been using it in test matches before the world cup as a plan to learn how to use it in the world cup. Hats off to the Gems that we have in our team who played through it and quickly adjusted. We are the first team to complain when an umpire gets it wrong, and unfortunately we really get quite a lot of them, Sachin being the unluckiest. And we are the last to try and avoid that happen. We need this system to make the game fair, beat them and not let them get away with a stupid excuse that UDRS wasn't there. BCCI is not doing the right thing by shooting with the gun on players' shoulders. The players have no option but to stand by the board, do they? GOD BLESS CRICKET.........

  • squintsideways on June 10, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Let's hope that the umpires have learnt then that you can be out LBW by the spinners. As proven by the technology when it has been used. And Swann gets loads of LBW decisions his way, giving the bowler the benefit of the doubt instead of the batsman. See if BCCI are still against it then. Especially if, without review, some of these dismissals are slightly contentious. No more stepping forward to kick the ball knowing the umpires will never give it out.

  • GreatWhitePathan on June 10, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Damn it! Why didn't India oppose the DRS system in the world cup semi-final against Pakistan. Tendulkar would have been out for 20 something and Pakistan would have won the match.

    Clearly, the DRS has only brought doom and gloom for India!

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    BCCI r admant idiots. Remember SYDNEY FIASCO also SACHIN'S HBW (HELMET B4 WCKT) in 1999... UDRS best wit hotspot. Idiots dnt knw its real use.

  • mikechand on June 10, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    UDRS should be made mandatory by ICC !!! Dont know why dhoni & sachin is opposing it.... if the decisions doesnt come "your way" does that mean the technology is bad?? its time ICC should act boldly against the BCCI's decisions & time for other countries to react to this. ECB should react to this strongly..... why not use a technology when its available & when u can reduce the umpiring mistakes.....

  • theshads on June 10, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I struggle to understand the BCCI's position on this, the reality is that with the DRS we get more decisions correct - this can only be a good thing. Any argument about lost time or slowing down the game is frankly ridiculous over rates are woefully slow anyway and there are so many things that could be done without determent to the game to speed this up. From a spectators point of view the 30seconds to a minute it can take for the DRS to reach a verdict is often the most tense part of the game, a key decision that could influence a 5 day test match hanging in the balance.... I really think it adds something. Is this really sour grapes over one decision or is this just the BCCI flexing its muscles and if that's the case then the rest of cricket world needs to step up and stop being bullied.

  • bumsonseats on June 10, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    well so much for improving decisions. what a shame the bcci could not get in line with all the other countries that use it. it seems again they just put their heads in the sand, the icc should demand that everyone should use this. its used in all icc competitions. but as in other things if india dont want it, the icc ill not push it. if bangladesh for example were the stumbling block to its use it would be passed enbloc. dpk

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Bad Decision from BCCI , they should accept now this technology as a brave team

  • Airo on June 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I just love this..Way to go India/BCCI. I think we are taking this technology to a point where we might soon, not have any use for the two men(umpires) standing behind the stumps. Besides, England seems to be too DRS happy.

  • sams235 on June 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    BCCI: listen to what Indian fans have to say. We want DRS. But, when does 'Board for Currency Control in India' listen to us?

  • Jim1207 on June 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Sure, the DRS has many problems. But I do not understand why BCCI comes with a reasons what needs to be changed in the system to convince them. If everything is spoken clearly, the issues can be sorted out, at least it could lead the proceedings towards that. I agree to the view that BCCI opposes it, but I do not agree to the way it is hell-bent on opposing without looking for getting the desired improvements in the system.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I can't believe why the BCCI (and the Indian players) are so reluctant in the use of DRS. Agreed, what happen in the England match in WC was a setback. The DRS system is not perfect and it needs to evolve. It won't evolve if you choose not to use it. The more you use it the more issues you are going to find with it. Technology can always be tweaked and made better. By no means do I want to take away anything from the umpires. I believe that the current panels of umpires are doing a fantastic job, but what is wrong in giving them some technology to help them out on their jobs. Hasn't every job in the world gotten better with technology?

  • WannaBeRusta on June 10, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Initially they were chanting that full technological capabilities should be available if DRS is to be effective. England has got hot spot and snicko meter as we evidenced during the Sri Lanka Series. Still India decides to come up with lame excuses. everyone knows that umpires does favour Tendulkar and other top Indian batsman when it comes to marginal decisions and they want to exploit that. Not very Gentlemanlike. isnt it?

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    This is Stupid..!! Hot spot is the Best....and i think india won the WC with the help of UDRS....accept it or not..!! i am an indian...and a team india fan..!!

  • abytude on June 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    What exactly is india's say on the UDRS? what issues do they have. The UDRS significantly decreases incorrect decisions.

    Why would u oppose that.

  • ashes61 on June 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    India, who have lagged behind all other countries, now realise that their own players' unfamiliarity with the system - in the heat of the moment, for example, when wasted reviews can be made by the uninitiated - has left them at a perceived disadvantage. The decision has been made purely on the grounds of whether it would be advantageous to India or not. Fair enough. But I foresee problems for them, if the righteous indignation in their (but no-other country's) media over the Bell incident is anything to go by. Incidents WILL occur - those which favour India will be seen to be unfair & those which favour England will lead to calls of "serves you right for not accepting the help of technology." I have my own reservations about technology but, having made this decision, India need not complain when decisions go against them, as those that do will certainly be highlighted. So - if not now, then when? There's much goodwill here for India but they have started off on the wrong foot.

  • Thomas_George on June 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Even in case decision review using replays is inconclusive in all cases, it can eliminate obvious bloopers by the umpire. It cannot be in the best interests of the game to not use DRS.

  • CrackerDaddy on June 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    CRICKET doesn't mean India or BCCI. Nobody is bigger than the game. I agree the Indian team is very talented (only when it comes to batting), but they in no position to dictate the tems of this wonderful game. In my opinon they are disrespecting the game. I guess they don't want the correct decsions and like the dirty game which wasn't suppose to be played by the gentlemen. Think they are showing their class...(side note, please publish this because anything that I say against the BCCI and India doesn't get published on cricinfo)

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Here's a good example to see the power of the BCCI. They are the only country dislike the DRS. I don't know why they use the technology in other works of their country. They can go to the ANCIENT STONE AGE. C'mon India, come to the PRESENT from the PAST.

  • Roar911 on June 10, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    'MEN' in Blue???? hmmm....

  • Poliwag060 on June 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    This is ridiculous! The ICC should just make the DRS compulsory or not have it at all. Why they have to give in all the time to the demands of the BCCI is beyond the comprehension of most people.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    BCCI are idiots. Just because Dhoni and Tendy are too dumb to learn how to use it and/or have been found out by it in the past, they are going to block the entire system. Ugh...

  • JDReed on June 10, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Pathetic. The BCCI are running scared as if the DRS were in place they'd keep being given out, as usual they have thrown their weight around and they continue to hold cricket hostage for their own personal gain. Gutless. I hope the umpires see through it and give them out regardless. I also hope the ICC finally grow a pair and realise they exist to better the interests of all cricketing nations, not just to pander to the BCCI.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    well, who can blame BCCI, typical cricket board just wants to make sure his players are getting fair decissions,shame on ICC for being a sitting duck.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    iam not happy with that decission.because the icc has taken the decission about udrs for all cricketing nation.but india always playing their mine game.every series they banned with udrs.udrs is very helpful with umpires decission.team india is number one test team & world cup heroes.but they fear to UDRS...

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    India is BID DADDY. India calls all the shots in cricket. India is great for cricket.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    "The adulteration of technology with human thinking meant we didn't get that wicket" - agree with dhoni & tendulkar. If you are going to use technology whats the point of 2.5 m rule.. what happens thats different with 2.3 or 2.6 and how the hell did it measure accurately that the distance between bells pads and stumps was exactly 2.5?

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    The BCCI does it again. The Ian bell decision was not CAUSED by the DRS. The umpire originally gave it not out, so there isn't any question of the DRS costing the match. In any case that rule's now gone. This is a seriously regressive position the BCCI is adopting here.

  • CricketRulesAnytime on June 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    I am really confused why BCCI (in other words, it is nothing but Dhoni and Tendulkar) showing it's hesitation in using the DRS system. BCCI/Dhoni should stop whining about one decision going against their way in the world cup series. Imagine a batsman who is playing his dream come true game and he gets an unfair decision. The DRS system is to help out the teams and bring out some quality in decision making. I am completely lost and what BCCI says makes no sense at all. Had BCCI watched last year's Ashes series, they would have WOWd the system. Because, using DRS system needs some brainwork and Dhoni might be hesitating to work on it. Come on folks, get some training from Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting.

  • Rickz69 on June 10, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Im getting real sick of this indian cricket board, go have a cry UDRS is the best thing to happen in the game, there still scared after what happen in sri lanka 2 years ago, when sri lanka used it to great effect. Maybe also the board is lenient to sachin tendulkar when his battting i beleive...

  • wolf777 on June 10, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    BCCI is correct to oppose the UDRS implementation. The Bell decision in the WC is the best example of why use of UDRS in LBW decision should only be limited to determine if the batsman has played or not. The 2.5 meters rule was applied to judge Bell not out and within few days the same umpire Erasmus gave Zimbabwe's Chigumbura out despite the fact that he was well outside the 2.5 meter distance. I think Indians are oppose to UDRS because ICC has been really sloppy in training Umpires to use the technology correctly and evenly in all situations. Indian opposition to the use of UDRS technology should soften up considerably once the 'voodoo' science of predicting the path of the ball. It is best to leave the LBW decision the judgment of on field umpires only.

  • george204 on June 10, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    If teh ECB had any courage, they'd tell the BCCI "DRS or no series". But they won't.

  • reality_check on June 10, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Imagine my complete lack of surprise. English bowlers better start practicing on out swings for caught behind and forget about in swings for LBW. Tendulkar and co can cover the stumps and start blasting them all over the park.

  • crikbuff on June 10, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    If BCCI has a problem with the hawk-eye tracking system, then the hawk-eye tracking system shud not be part of the DRS. But DRS on the whole is very good, and should be made mandatory for all games

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    "You cannot force it upon us" he says. Like someone was trying to? The Bell incident was a rare mess up, and did not affect the outcome of the tournament (which India won with DRS in place) Perhaps Inida should just play cricket alone and let the rest of the world move on. Sounds like a plan

  • scottrell on June 10, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Are they taking their bat and ball home too? Here's hoping England win the series via an LBW against Sachin that took an obvious nick and a KP ton when hotspot shows he nicked off on 0.

  • NewYorkCricket on June 10, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Don't understand this at all. Indian players are hypocrits at times.

  • KrazyCricketKid on June 10, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    INDIA TEST SQUAD: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.VVS Laxman 6.Subramaniam Badrinath 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Sreesanth 12.Murali Vijay 13.Pragyan Ojha 14.Munaf Patel 15.Virat Kohli 16.Ravichandran Ashwin INDIA T20&ODI SQUAD: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Virat Kohli 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.MS Dhoni 6.Suresh Raina 7.Yusuf Pathan 8.Harbhajan Singh 9.Zaheer Khan 10.Praveen Kumar 11.Munaf Patel 12.Ambati Rayudu 13.Ravichandran Ashwin 14.Vinay Kumar 15.Rohit Sharma 16.Pragyan Ojha

  • mihir_nam on June 10, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    This is one more Example of BCCI domination over ICC and other boards. Feel like giving up watching cricket.Board which can dictate term and also bully other teams to win World Cup or Test series... Money Talks.

  • Angad11 on June 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If BCCI cannot be convinced by the Ajmal - Sachin wicket in the quaterfinal, i dont think anything else can. I never thought i will be saying this but SHAME ON YOU BCCI.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    I am not understanding the logic of BCCI....UDRS applies same to all countries i guess.... there is no partiality....then y no use of it???

  • Sinhaya on June 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    India thinks that by not having UDRS, umpires will not give marginal LBW appeals against their batsmen. India is using their financial clout to rule the ICC. Why wont the BCCI oppose 3rd umpire for run outs and stumps? India may only accept UDRS once Tendulkar retires I guess. I salute Gamhir, Sehwag and even Laxman for supporting UDRS.

  • Nampally on June 10, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    The UDRS is being accepted by all. India seems to be the only country opposed to it and the reasons are not very solid. Just because of Bell being given not out due to 2.5 meters rule, does not make the technology flawed. Quite admittedly, this decision was not quite valid, because the ball was coming at a predictable height unlike on SA or British wickets. But even Umpire gave Bell not out. So it is mute point in blaming UDRS. India cannot be lone fighters of UDRS. This is the only way of eliminating the human errors although it is not perfect. So India could accept it with some exceptions as in case of caught behind. Even No balls are being missed by the umpires. If India accepts it in case of IPL cricket in its own backyard, why does it object to it in ODI & Test cricket? So India & Dhoni, be more consistent in making your case. What applies to Bell, also applies to Sachin.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    DRS has improved the standard of umpiring and has taught players not to be so optimistic. DRS has the additional benefit of lessening frivolous appealing. With it in place, umpires have the option to ask/dare the fielding side to "put their money where their mouth is" and use up one of their two reviews. Without it, fielding sides can always claim they were "robbed" of wickets and batsmen that they were wrongly given out.

    Now I wonder why the BCCI is so much against this system which promotes fair play and is only beneficial for the game?

  • Quazar on June 10, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    No surprise in India's position. But it is silly why other boards (the ECB here) don't engage the BCCI to understand what elements of DRS India opposes and what it accepts. I mean Indian players, including Sachin Tendulkar, have appreciated HotSpot in interviews (including to SMH). Whereas they don't trust Hawk-Eye for lbw projections. So why can't we have a mutually acceptable compromise... i.e. DRS with only HotSpot and slow-motion replays... so that at least inside edges, bat before pad and the like can be detected??? A limited DRS would still help the umpires give correct decisions... which both boards and teams would appreciate. When will common sense prevail???

  • MartinC on June 10, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    This is a nonsense. I just do not get why the BCCI are so dead set againt DRS - I know they go burnt back on a tour early in the use of DRS but the technology used has improved and hot spot makes a great difference and 3rd umpires have become far better at using it. It makes decision making better - how can you be against that?

    The ICC need to grasp the nettle and just make DRS compulsory.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on June 10, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    BCCI are a real joke? Why are they so afraid of the UDRS? Is it because they won't be able to influence the umpires to give decisions in their favour? Just look a the big test victories for India in recent times -- Perth 2008, Mohali 2010 and Durban 2010 -- all of them came because of bad umpiring decisions in favour of India.

  • Quazar on June 10, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    No surprise in India's position. But it is silly why other boards (the ECB here) don't engage the BCCI to understand what elements of DRS India opposes and what it accepts. I mean Indian players, including Sachin Tendulkar, have appreciated HotSpot in interviews (including to SMH). Whereas they don't trust Hawk-Eye for lbw projections. So why can't we have a mutually acceptable compromise... i.e. DRS with only HotSpot and slow-motion replays... so that at least inside edges, bat before pad and the like can be detected??? A limited DRS would still help the umpires give correct decisions... which both boards and teams would appreciate. When will common sense prevail???

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Problem is BCCI is a money sucking monster. they must be wanting some money from UDRS which they are not getting. hopefully wisdom prevail.

  • swingnseam on June 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    This is a disgusting stance by BCCI and another spineless showing by the ICC. Every other country in world cricket is happy to try DRS except for India and the ICC just accepts that? Time for them to grow a pair and stand up to the bully that is the BCCI for the good of the game.

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Standard BCCI cowardice towards the acceptance of reliable technology. They shouldn't have a choice in it really, it should be mandatory. If we have the tools, use it. Simple. Put up or shut up BCCI.

  • CRKS on June 10, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    India has used DRS very well in World Cup with good success percentage. why can't they use it in test matches.

    whether it is 2008 Aus tour or 2007 England tour . india received quite a few bad decisions .still they haven't learned their lesson

  • ravi_hari on June 10, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    I think BCCI is being too fussy about the DRS. If you see the way it has been used during th eAshes and the following series including the World Cup, it has worked well. There could be some technical flaws here and there, but that does not mean you reject the system. I agree with Sachin when he asks to respect the decision made on the field. But, human errors can be reduced by using the technology. Are you not using the third umpire for run-outs and stumpings? Then what is the probelm with LBWs and Caught. I think spinners have benefitted the most and are justified also. As the World no.1, and the kind of clout they have, India should take the lead in cleansing the system. DRS is one such move and we should support it. It can definitely be improved and made fool proof but rejecting will only derail the process. You win or loose with your ability, technology can only help you do it in the right way. Hari Ravi

  • on June 10, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Why delay the inevitable? That's all that I feel needs to be said on this subject.

  • jrben on June 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    BCCI is skating on thin ice here. It cannot keep going on about the incident involving Ian Bell while conveniently ignoring the decision that benefited India. DRS helped India to beat Pakistan (Sachin Tendulkar 's lbw to Saeed Ajmal) in the semi final of the World Cup. India would most certainly have lost that match without Tendulkar's 50 odd "extra" runs. By opposing the DRS system BCCI is doing a disservice to its bowlers especially Harbajan Singh. My view is that the DRS system must be made compulsory for all international games.

  • dinith_sw on June 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Just ditch the Indian tour. If they can't move forward for the benefit of cricket, I can't deem it anything other than pure selfishness.

  • Darnakka on June 10, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Come up with a flawless system and everyone can use it.

  • Rajeshj on June 10, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    With India's kit filled with flamboyant and flashy players, its quite understandable why there are nervy about DRS... when they go for a shot and miss it (quite often in off-shore pitches) they can at least think of living another day, if the umpire got it wrong.. but, if there is a review, and the hawk-eye catches hold of them, then they lose that half-chance... this is what we call, the grand-old Indian way of muddled thinking... Tendulkar by his reluctance to accept DRS just shows how much he is rooted to old ways and his lack of enthusiasm to embrace modern technology is baffling... he is not a forward thinker and hope doesn't get involved in cricket administration in the long run... he can only take you backward, not forward...

  • Fifthman on June 10, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    What is the BCCI's problem with DRS? They fail to get a wicket they thought they should have and throw their toys out of the pram? It makes the whole process a lot more reliable and helps reduce human error. What's not to like about that?

    I'll laugh my socks off if Tendulkar gets given out incorrectly and DRS would have saved him...

  • Smithie on June 10, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Will CA and Sutherland have the guts to call BCCI's bluff and say no UDRS no tour for the forthcoming Aus Summer?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Well,it's the 100% available technology used in England.BCCI always rejected it due to concern with not using 100% tech.India saw the bright side of it 2011 wc and i still can't imagin why they rejecting it over and over again!

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    BCCI trying really hard to compare cricket to the football.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    What? The ECB of all Boards has bowed to the BCCI's bullying? Greedy ECB, all they care about is money.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    The Indians are making themselves funny.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Ha ha. Cowardice on the part of BCCI. The board is run by corporate chimps and corrupt politicians. They just want to ensure their profits over the game. I pity you fools. Soon they may ban bouncers, grass pitch or even fast bowlers. Too afraid of loosing the number 1 test rank. Cry babies. I wish english lions whitewash the test series and make them GROVEL. BTW i am an INDIAN and a TONY GREIG FAN!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Shame on you BCCI ! How wretched Harbhajan and other bowlers must be feeling that he has to play for a team which hates DRS with such vengeance.

  • BlorScouser on June 10, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    The BCCI's decision doesn't make sense. If technology can be used to reduce errors made by umpires, encouragement should be given for the same. The Ian Bell incident was a mishap, and I agree that we're still in the process of developing a fail-proof system. And I thought the use of UDRS was dependent on the board of the home team, so how can the BCCI push their weight around.

  • TheHooker on June 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Oh, I hope India get some shockers. A Sachin edge on to his pad given lbw first over faced. Shame on the ICC for not leaving the decision down to the home team

  • yetigoat on June 10, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Good on India, ruling cricket with an iron will. The dollar will always win over democracy

  • AlexC on June 10, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Dhoni's quote suggests he doesn't really understand the technology (or probability) at all...

  • mravindran on June 10, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    BCCI - pls pls dont monopolise cricket. UDRS is better for everyone and for cricket. very few decisions go against, but udrs is the way ahead. i hope people with common sense wud do justice to udrs

  • Variable on June 10, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Outrageous India! They must have Sepp Blatter advising them - it seems they are trying to drag cricket back to the stone age!

  • sobosan on June 10, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    What next, the BCCI vetoing the use of lights in day/nighters because it makes Zaheer's deliveries more visible? I'm sorry the BCCI feels the need to halt the march of progress - every sport is progressing with technology to make the game clearer and ultimately fairer. It's 2011. We should be acting like it is,,,

  • Yevghenny on June 10, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Indians are the ones who complained the most about umpires, don't understand India's stance on this at all

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    absolutely ridiculous !! these 'senior indian players' are making mockery of themselves as well as the whole cricketing nation.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Honestly, the BCCI makes Indians look stupid. What exactly is their problem? That Anil Kumble didn't know how to use it the first time? A good part of me wants India to lose a test match because of incorrect lbw/bat pad decisions. MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, great cricketers, but absolutely wrong here. Crikey, wasn't it the UDRS that saved SRT from an LBW in the semi? Wonder if India still doubted its accuracy after that. Utterly ridiculous and completely against the games interests.

  • lakid_14 on June 10, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    how come india always does this.i can understand if the matches are in india, but its in uk,,why does every one has to bow down to BCCI, this new tec has cleared most doubt able decisions made,,,more u use it more u can correct it,,,,i seriously dont knw how all test playing countries use it and india just refuse it,

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    it means if u hv 90% chance of curing a disease, would still die untreated

  • landl47 on June 10, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I wonder why India's board and players want more bad decisions in the game? It's been shown over and over again that a game with the DRS in place has fewer bad decisions than one relying on the field umpires alone. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than the field umpires making the decisions alone? Yes. I rather hope that the Indians will get a number of bad decisions on this tour that would have been corrected with the DRS. I'm betting if Tendulkar and Dhoni get given out LBW a couple of times and the TV replays show they were not out, they'll change their tune. Maybe that will bring tham to their senses.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    I still dont get it,why should ECB agree to what India says, they are the host and they should decide,rather than letting India decide.They have all the necessary equipment like hot spot which India doses have and have maintained good record and no controversial decisions has been made like which took place in India during world cup.......

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    ...and goes on the saga..

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    I am not sure if this is a good ide in the long run. we have to work around what the whole world is doing not just the whims and fancies of a few people.I am sure in the long run Ms and his team do use it. Its great way for fairness and a better game.

  • lakshya1 on June 10, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    I am sure there will be lot of controversies in this summer. Eng are not going to like it as they are used to having URDS for every series. Looking forward to a spiced up series (very similar to the one that we had in AUS few years ago).

  • HocasPocas on June 10, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    I thnik BCCI have doen the right thing. England is tough team in their home. India wont be able to beat them unless they get some unfair help. Umpire wont dare to give any decision that could make BCCI angry bcz they know what could happen to their career. So Well Done India. Ur preparing well for the England Series ;)

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Shame.Just wondering what will happen if the all the countries refuse to play against india without URDS, then they will have to use it. defiantly , someone should start this.I had a Hope abt Eng. but they Sucks,, LAst hope is Australia

  • Tom_Bowler on June 10, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Not surprising. Decision reviews tend to help the bowlers redress the ridiculously skewed balance between bat and ball. India haven't got any bowlers so it's not surpirsing they're scared the technology will erode their advantage.

  • SettingSun on June 10, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Pathetic. India will, one way or another, be the death of test match cricket.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    why is BCCI sooo adamant?// grrrrr

  • hm007 on June 10, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    There is no rational behind this. simply ridiculous.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Sad decision! We know for the fact that DRS rectifies obvious umpiring mistakes. Agreed that there are some deficiencies of technology, but they aren't monumentally huge not to use DRS. The fact is India cannot use DRS effectively. Last time they used DRS in tests, that was against SL, and Indians were pathetic using it. They did not have any strategy and kept on challenging every LBW decision. Its high time ICC takes a firm stand and makes use of DRS mandatory in all tests.

  • sithnico on June 10, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    For how long BCCI will keep on throwing toys out of the crib? Crying and weeping like babies over the Ian Bell's incident, while forgetting about and praised the DRS like a herd of sheeps when DRS overturned Taindoulkir's LBW in the Worldcup Semi final against Saeed Ajmal. Now BCCI is again weeping like a little kid. When will they grow up?

  • SFGoldenGate on June 10, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Its a shame that, rules are not applying equally for everyone. UDRS is not perfect but at least it is neutral to everyone and rules out the horrendous decisions like umpires like Ashoka de Silva can make. Now, without DRS India gets some benefit. One, if I were an umpire , I would have been always reluctant to give Indian batsmen out (all the greats like Tendulkar, Dravid, Shehwag) unless I am absolutely certain. In 50-50 situation, most people will probably rule in favor of Indian greats almost 90% of the time. And everyone knows that , if anyone can get Tendulkar, Dravid, Sewag, Laxman out that could be a turning point of any match. Now these turning points will be completely dependent on umpires wo can make mistake or who are inclined to be in safer side and will probably rule in favor of these batsmen when 50-50. If DRS is no good than just get rid of it altogether

  • Colenel on June 10, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Again the BCCI holding back the rest of the cricket world. Ridiculous. i hope Sachin gets a couple of stinking lbws.

  • sanath007 on June 10, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    wow BCCI?? really? india is ruining cricket..sachin knows that umpires never give him out lbw unless its plumb

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    What the hell is dis, why our players n board don't want to use UDRS. while it increase the percentage of the correct decision.....

  • kiddrock on June 10, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Man up and embrace the system, BCCI. Now the players would just have to ensure their body language remains positive and show no signs of disappointment or dissent when an obvious decision goes against them!

  • BabaKR on June 10, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    This is a joke. We must always use technology support to improve accuracy in decision making. Its a different matter that DRS needs to improve further but that doesnt mean we do away with it completely.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    If Bcci dont want to make use of drs its ok dont allow them to use but the opposition should be allowed to take it .And if india not agree to take and the drs is not taken in the series then it clealy shows that the bcci runs the cric not the icc.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Am I not surprised at that,lol!

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    This is outrageous! Why wouldn't the Indian players want the UDRS to be put in play? It has been proven to increase the amount of correct decisions made in Test matches so why on Earth wouldn't they want it implemented? I can see this backfiring horribly if say Harbhajan traps, say Alastair Cook, plumb in front when he's still getting in, and it's given not out thus allowing Cook to score another 100. Why can't the BCCI just accept that the UDRS is a useful and expected tool to be used in Test cricket nowadays and just because some heavyweight players whinge and throw a paddy, the viewers should suffer buy witnessing (possibly) and unfair decision.

    In the case of Ian Bell, haven't they ever heard of giving the benefit of the doubt to the batsman? I bet if the same decision was made for Sachin or Viru they'd be 100% behind the UDRS.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    This is outrageous! Why wouldn't the Indian players want the UDRS to be put in play? It has been proven to increase the amount of correct decisions made in Test matches so why on Earth wouldn't they want it implemented? I can see this backfiring horribly if say Harbhajan traps, say Alastair Cook, plumb in front when he's still getting in, and it's given not out thus allowing Cook to score another 100. Why can't the BCCI just accept that the UDRS is a useful and expected tool to be used in Test cricket nowadays and just because some heavyweight players whinge and throw a paddy, the viewers should suffer buy witnessing (possibly) and unfair decision.

    In the case of Ian Bell, haven't they ever heard of giving the benefit of the doubt to the batsman? I bet if the same decision was made for Sachin or Viru they'd be 100% behind the UDRS.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 10, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    If hotspot is available then whats the problem.BCCI should change its stance. So sangakkara didn't walk this time. Lets c how many SL fans ridicule BCCI/india now.

  • sankar8000 on June 10, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    UDRS has its advantages and disadvantages also. Particularly lbw decision by hawk eye is always very subjective.....

  • Munsta101 on June 10, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Yes, its true - India are scared of technology and scared of G.Swann!

  • RohanBhalerao on June 10, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    U know something... I don't know whether the UDRS is good or bad or beneficial or not for the game. I don't care either. Even if India lose by some bad decision, i have no problem. But (& that's a big BUT), i am really happy and proud that India and BCCI is the driving force in the administration of this game. I am proud of it that we are taking the decisions and have the sort of VETO power in decision-making without caring what other ICC members think. I love it when India, which has been a third-world country all along the history, dominates on the global stage in any field. So, UDRS or not, India is KING in the world of cricket. This is a very biased opinion, i know, but really, if we rule somewhere, just for the heck of it, it feels real GOOD..!!!

  • Ellis on June 10, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    When is the ICC going to take a stand on this? The Indians want 100% perfection with UDRS. Nothing invented by man is perfect. There are always improvements to be made. Even with the Space Shuttle, and yes, Tendulkar's Ferrari and Dhoni's motorcycles. There is a concensus view in cricket circles that UDRS has significantly improved umpiring decisions. Even umpires agree with that view. Technology is as much a part of the game and playing conditions as pitch conditions, hours of play, light etc. If the BCCI said they did not agree with the use of light meters would the ICC and ECB agree? Perhaps the tour should be cancelled, ha! ha!

  • D.Sharma on June 10, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    What Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar says, stands!

  • kd7889 on June 10, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I dont understand why BCCI is so reluctatnt to use the technology. After all we want to reduce the errors in decision making. I'm disappointed to know that. Hope the team will not suffer bcoz of this!

  • wnwn on June 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    This is a disgrace. The ICC should make the DRS compulsory for every international cricket match from now on. The DRS has had a massive impact in reducing poor umpiring decisions in all the cricket matches it has been used in and has made cricket fairer.

  • Gaylo on June 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    In the world Cup semi-final against Pak, Tendulkar was saved by DRS and his runs made the difference. BCCI just want to show their muscle power. They rejected WADA, now DRS. If they wish they implement else they won't. For them 2 min time taken to make decision will limit ad timing. they just want to make money. thats all. These people killed the game of cricket by IPL and their saga goes on

  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Honestly, I wish India didn't have UDRS in the WC Semi Final, when Tendulkar was given out in the 30's. Nobody else on the Indian team made above 30, and Pakistan would have definetely won. India is still defiant after their shameful loss in SL when the UDRS was first being used

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    It's time to give in BCCI. The technology isn't there to replace umpires or make sure that decisions are 100% correct. It's there to improve the number of correct decisions, and bridge the gap between traditional cricket and the 21st century.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    There will be those that agree with BCCI, and those that don't. However, I don't agree with the BCCI here at all. Now if the ECB asked the BCCI to use the UDRS when England visit India and the BCCI say no, then that's fair enough. However, the ECB and England team allow for the UDRS to be used, and because England are hosting India, England should have the right to say yes or no to it. I know that Cricket's a "gentleman's game" and that asking beforehand is politically correct, but if I were in charge of the ECB I'd tell the BCCI that the UDRS will be used whether they like it or not. If they choose to pull out of the tour then it's their loss. What I'm saying is the home nation should ultimately have the final say on whether the UDRS will be used or not. If India doesn't like it, oh well, there are nine other Test playing nations that are fine with it. The BCCI should stop acting like a spoilt brat, it's bringing Cricket into disrepute.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Why is BCCI becoming so defensive in using DRS.. Are they proving to be hippocrates?? Unless you use it, how can you refine it?? This is ridiculous.. ICC has to make it mandatory and compulsory for all forms of the game. I dont think when a rule is imposed, BCCI will stand a bully and oppose it.. they will abide and go with it..

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Why is BCCI becoming so defensive in using DRS.. Are they proving to be hippocrates?? Unless you use it, how can you refine it?? This is ridiculous.. ICC has to make it mandatory and compulsory for all forms of the game. I dont think when a rule is imposed, BCCI will stand a bully and oppose it.. they will abide and go with it..

  • johnathonjosephs on June 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    I hope an umpire makes horrible mistakes towards England's favor, giving them the series win. India has been cry babies too long about the DRS. If they truly are the #1 team in the world, why not use technology to prove it, unless they are scared that technology will prove them wrong otherwise BCCI has been in power for too long, a change must come if cricket is to progress any further

  • nair_ottappalam on June 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Horrible decision by the Money Power "BCCI". It is just the power of money and no other Board can cope with BCCI in this field that makes it so difficult to overrule India even if backed by all the other members. Really ridiculous. UDRS is a very good alternative to umpires like Ashoka Desilva. It is the UDRS that saw him off. Tendulkar had been victim to dubious decisions of Bucknor and Desilva in the past and yet India oppose to the move only because Bell was given the benefit of doubt. I think the most of the cricket lovers in the country will support the UDRS. Hope that the ICC make a bold decision in making it mandatory in International cricket. Last but not the least, the flaws in the system need to be rectified.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    excuse me !!! Who the hell is BCCI to decide what will be used and what not?? This is extreme favorism of ICC towards BCCI....I guess the Indian Team is too much scared of playin under DRS lol

  • kalof123 on June 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    come on india, why you always oppose DRS. Come on it is good for cricket,. Why you cant agree on this ? what is the exact reason for this?

  • cmw2175 on June 10, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    The ICC should either make the DRS compulsory or do away with it. It is not perfect but IMHO it is better than nothing.

  • JTH75 on June 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    With a bit of luck India will get a load of dodgy decisions (based on the tv evidence they don't want to use/ trust) go against them forcing them to change their dated position and join the rest of the cricketing world.

  • vattic on June 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    OMG....Are Indians soooo afraid from DRS? Is it because that they are depending on some kind of an assistant from the ground umpires? is that how they will play forever? and ECB is also just like SLC and other small countries where BCCI is dominated?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    A complete farce! I don't trust series involving India to have unbiased decisions anymore especially after watching the WC and the Durban test against SA. This is really spoiling the current state of cricket!

  • khurramsch on June 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    hopefully BCCI learn their lesson soon when few decisions go wrong against them without DRS they will themselves cry for it. Like SA & grame smith did.

    Or ICC should apoint Harper & Desilva in India series. They both are perfect marketer for DRS.

  • Trickstar on June 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    I can only hope now, that the Indian team are on the end of some real howlers. All this because some of their senior players, think they'll get always get the nod on close decisions.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Surely it's wrong that cricket boards can pick and choose whether the review system is used? So far it's had a few teething problems but seems to be working fine, I say the ICC make it part of all test matches from now on.

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  • on June 10, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Surely it's wrong that cricket boards can pick and choose whether the review system is used? So far it's had a few teething problems but seems to be working fine, I say the ICC make it part of all test matches from now on.

  • Trickstar on June 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    I can only hope now, that the Indian team are on the end of some real howlers. All this because some of their senior players, think they'll get always get the nod on close decisions.

  • khurramsch on June 10, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    hopefully BCCI learn their lesson soon when few decisions go wrong against them without DRS they will themselves cry for it. Like SA & grame smith did.

    Or ICC should apoint Harper & Desilva in India series. They both are perfect marketer for DRS.

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    A complete farce! I don't trust series involving India to have unbiased decisions anymore especially after watching the WC and the Durban test against SA. This is really spoiling the current state of cricket!

  • vattic on June 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    OMG....Are Indians soooo afraid from DRS? Is it because that they are depending on some kind of an assistant from the ground umpires? is that how they will play forever? and ECB is also just like SLC and other small countries where BCCI is dominated?

  • JTH75 on June 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    With a bit of luck India will get a load of dodgy decisions (based on the tv evidence they don't want to use/ trust) go against them forcing them to change their dated position and join the rest of the cricketing world.

  • cmw2175 on June 10, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    The ICC should either make the DRS compulsory or do away with it. It is not perfect but IMHO it is better than nothing.

  • kalof123 on June 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    come on india, why you always oppose DRS. Come on it is good for cricket,. Why you cant agree on this ? what is the exact reason for this?

  • on June 10, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    excuse me !!! Who the hell is BCCI to decide what will be used and what not?? This is extreme favorism of ICC towards BCCI....I guess the Indian Team is too much scared of playin under DRS lol

  • nair_ottappalam on June 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Horrible decision by the Money Power "BCCI". It is just the power of money and no other Board can cope with BCCI in this field that makes it so difficult to overrule India even if backed by all the other members. Really ridiculous. UDRS is a very good alternative to umpires like Ashoka Desilva. It is the UDRS that saw him off. Tendulkar had been victim to dubious decisions of Bucknor and Desilva in the past and yet India oppose to the move only because Bell was given the benefit of doubt. I think the most of the cricket lovers in the country will support the UDRS. Hope that the ICC make a bold decision in making it mandatory in International cricket. Last but not the least, the flaws in the system need to be rectified.