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March 2, 2011

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N Srinivasan addresses the media after the BCCI's working committee meeting, New Delhi, June 12, 2007
N Srinivasan has sent a letter to the ICC objecting to comments Dave Richardson made about MS Dhoni © AFP
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The BCCI has objected to ICC general manager Dave Richardson's comments about MS Dhoni after the India captain questioned the Decision Review System (DRS) in the wake of India's tied game against England in Bangalore. It has also reiterated its concerns over the use of the system in the ongoing World Cup and says the DRS's "inadequacy has been exposed" during the tournament.

In a letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, and released to the media, N Srinivasan, the board secretary and president-elect, said that "for ICC's representative to criticise a player for his post-match press conference while the World Cup is being played [is] tantamount to pressuring the player. Mr. Richardson has no right to do so. BCCI has strong reservations about the statement made by Mr. Richardson. He should be instructed not to react in this fashion."

Richardson made the comments after Dhoni had called the system an "adulteration" of technology with human judgement in the aftermath of a reprieve for Ian Bell. Dhoni had asked for a review of a not-out decision, and television replays appeared to show the ball hitting a forward-stretching Ian Bell low on the pad with the ball in line with middle stump. Bell even began to walk off the field, but umpire Billy Bowden did not declare him out because the distance between the point of impact and the stumps was shown to be 2.5m.

Richardsontold the Indian news channel, CNN-IBN, that Dhoni should be aware of the rules before passing judgement. "There are a set of rules along with the Hawk-Eye to assist in making the decision when UDRS is implemented ... Most of the time, a player is not fully aware of all the rules. If MS Dhoni is made aware of the specifications of these rules, then I am sure that he will accept the decision that was made."

Lorgat also defended the system, telling ESPNcricinfo that Dhoni's characterisation of it wasn't exactly accurate.

The ICC's DRS rule pertaining to the Process of Consultation, No. 3.3 (i), states that if a 'not out' decision is being reviewed on the 'point of impact' issue, the third umpire must tell the on-field umpire whether the ball is past 2.5m or not and then pass on the following information: the distance from the wickets of the point of impact with the batsman, the approximate distance from the point of pitching to the point of impact, and whether the ball is predicted to the hit the stumps. According to the explanation given on the ICC's website, along with the 2.5m rule, should the distance between point of pitching and point of impact with the pad be less than 40cm, "the umpires are not obliged to follow the normal rules for using Hawkeye to determine whether the batsman is out or not and shall have a discretion in determining whether or not to overturn their original not out decision."

The letter also said that the BCCI had been consistently opposed to the use of the review system, and that its inadequacy had been exposed at the World Cup, specifically citing the need of the 2.5m rule as proof of its failing. "ICC in consultation with Hawk-Eye formed playing conditions which specifies when the umpire can rely on Hawk-Eye and when he cannot. This itself is an admission on the question of the reliability of the system, including ball tracking technology."


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Posted by Sangram Singh on (March 5, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

(1) World Cup match #11, Feb 27 (India Vs England) - Slow Bowler Yuvraj, Batsman Bell, Umpire Bowden, UDRS Hawkeye shows ball would have hit middle stump on lower side, distance about 2.5 m, non-turning and non-bouncy wickets, result - NOT out, (2) World Cup match #18, Mar 04 (New Zealand Vs Zimbabwe) - Slow Bowler Vettori, Batsman Chigumbura, Umpire Erasmus, UDRS Hawkeye shows ball would have hit middle stump on lower side, distance about 2.5 m, non-turning and non-bouncy wickets, result - OUT, Same World Cup, within one week two opposite results from umpires for exact situations, one result coated India one valuable point which could be vital, later on.

Posted by sachin on (March 5, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

@DavidNorman99, I was going to say just use it for whether ball is pitching & hitting in line & let the third-umpire make a decision about whether it'll hit the stumps but your suggestion is palateble as well, your suggestion would definitely help minimize errors in the ball-tracking-technology & get the maximum benefit out of it.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

dhoni was trying to correct review system.every body should accept new dohni system.bcci also gave permission wat else u want.the way bcci treated it great.

Posted by Keshav on (March 4, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

M Erasmus (South Africa) gave Elton Chigumbura LBW out when Hawk Eye showed that he was more than 2.5 meters from the stumps. He was even more far away from the stumps than Bell was.... and the Ball was deviating towards leg stump, still he was given out. I think its the ego issue with the umpires. Billy give Bell not out because his original decision was NOT OUT and M Erasmus gave Chigumbura out because his original decision was OUT.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

I think technology should be introduced to correct human errors. But if the technology has so much limitations then why we are going to use it?

Posted by jamie on (March 4, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

I think this is going overboard but you have to keep a few things in mind -

Should this have happened to another country they would have reacted the same. Look at England if they lost a match in this manner something would have been said or done.

Yes BCCI has an advantage of making decisions but they bring more money into the game. You dont bite the hand that feeds you and if anyone here is investing any money in a bank that gives them nothing and another bank gives them something then i bet not even one of you would think twice about moving accounts - point is they bring in the big bucks they will have a say whether you like it or not. Personally i think its a fair comment - why do you need an umpire AND technology? Yes Dhoni should have been aware of this rule but guess what? No one else was until now!! These are players and should be told the rules in a meeting, they dont have time to read new rules as they should be concentrating on their job - playing a game to win.

Posted by Hari on (March 4, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

By the way, Dhoni criticsed the incomplete system and not the ICC or any one in particular so Dave Richardson has no business to be criticising any player for that matter. Also, DRS is a tool thats to help the On Field umpires and players so it should play that role. As regards the knowledge of tehrules, ICC should take some accountability of that as well and let me ask Mr Dave Richardson if he was aware of the rule in the first place. On the flip side, how does UDRS work if a batsman is more than 2.5M in front of the stumps and given out LBW and the same is referred for review under DRS. Does the decision stand or is it overturned.

Posted by Hari on (March 4, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

The DRS is not fool proof when not used in entireity, so use it where it can not be questioned (eg. Run Outs and No Balls). As regards the LBW's, like someone once said, a player is out or not out not when the TV commentators say so. So unless the technology used is fool proof, do not use it especially in world cup matches. By the way, I think the ICC is officials should know when to shoot off their mouths and do some good rather than try get publicity. Finally, as regards BCCI flexing its muscle..some jokers call it whining, I call it putting the ICC in its place. So if BCCI is flexing its muscle, its because it has it and I see no harm in them protecting their players. I would ask guys to stop whining and please accept the fact that as on date the BCCI is the BOSS. As regards Dhonis comments, I see no harm in him expressing his views and let me highlight this to people criticising his so called knowledge, not too many in the field were aware of the 2.5 M rule which I find funny.

Posted by Biso on (March 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

@ For all those of you have strong reservations against the BBCI's reaction: Elton Chigambura has just been given out LBW to Vettori by umpire Erasmus. He went for the review and it was observed that it met all criteria for LBW except( will you believe it) the impact was at least 3 meters away and the ball was hitting the leg stump.Now, (not a surprise) the umpire did not heed the 2.5 meter rule while the replay showed clearly that the batsman was way down the wicket (if at all he was informed by the third umpire). He upheld his earlier ruling and that is "OUT" .An umpire who has used his intelligence( must we say). On the other hand Bell, had an impact just over 2.5 meters away and the ball was hitting middle stump. Bowden ruled not out. Where is the objectivity here? This is exactly what Dhoni had warned about. Just do not be prejudiced by false pre- conceived notions about BCCI.These two decisions have smeared egg on ICC's face.Period.

Posted by rodney on (March 4, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

If the players do not know the rules it is up to the respective boards to educate the players. Ignorance is not an excuse to break the law. BCCI "objection" does not warrant a comment. Will done Richardson. The ICC should make it compulsory for all test playing nations to use DRS. Why penalize the rest of the test nations just because India objects? Similar thing happened with WADA rules which almost every sportsman across the globe accepted except BCCI.

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