England in India 2011 October 5, 2011

No Hot Spot for India-England ODIs

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Hot Spot will not be used for the upcoming ODI series between India and England, Warren Brennan, the chief executive of BBG Sports, the company behind the technology, has told ESPNcricinfo. Brennan admitted BBG Sports was disappointed with Hot Spot's performance during India's tour of England but also said he believed "it did not have BCCI's support" for the technology following that series.

Brennan's statement suggests a reversal of the agreement reached between the BCCI and BBG Sports earlier in the year to use Hot Spot for India's home season, which also includes a scheduled full series against West Indies.

During India's tour of England, Hot Spot had proved inconclusive during referrals of several appeals for caught-behind and was subsequently criticised by the BCCI.

"BBG Sports is disappointed at how the Hot Spot performed in the UK during the England v India series. There were several incidents where we were hoping for better outcomes from the technology," Brennan told ESPNcricinfo in an e-mail. "Following the comments by Mr Srinivasan on September 20th in relation to Hot Spot and the DRS process, BBG Sports believed it did not have the support of the BCCI and promptly decided not to bring the Hot Spot to India for their upcoming home series."

When contacted, the BCCI said it didn't want to comment on the issue.

Upon taking over as BCCI president, N Srinivasan reverted to the board's original stance against the DRS following Hot Spot's performance on the England tour. In July this year, the BCCI had agreed to a compromise with the ICC wherein Hot Spot was made mandatory in the use of DRS while ball-tracking technology was made optional.

"At the time, we were under the impression that Hot Spot was very good," Srinivasan had said after the BCCI's Annual General Meeting. "It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of Hot Spot, it was there for everybody to see. The BCCI will, at the next ICC meeting, raise the issue. We want to revisit it because we feel that Hot Spot is insufficient. We do not wish to use the DRS in its present form, even in its minimum standard."

As he had done in an interview on ESPNcricinfo's fortnightly audio show Time Out in July, Brennan reiterated that Hot Spot was not 100% accurate, and needed support all around the sport to be keep improving. "BBG Sports has at no time stated that the Hot Spot is a perfect system," Brennan's email said. "In order to continue to improve the system, BBG Sports needs broadcasters, the ICC and cricket boards to support the Hot Spot and DRS process."

At the start of what will be a packed cricket season, Brennan said BBG Sports was always trying to improve and expand the technology. He said he was confident of Hot Spot's "good use" in series outside of the subcontinent later in the year. "BBG Sports has continued to invest in Hot Spot technology and has purchased four new Hot Spot cameras in the past 6 months which we believe could improve the system dramatically," he said. "These new cameras will be put to good use for series in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia this southern summer."

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RameshRayaprolu on October 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Technology doesn't matter, it wasn't always there. What matters is how the teams perform :) !! The guests are in TOP form, and so, the hosts can save the series if and only if some Miracles happen.

  • abiindia on October 7, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    EMERGENCY WARNING TO BCCI !!! Remove dhoni from capaincy and bring new energetic face as capain like 8 years before as dhoni, dhoni has achived alot winning cups, so there is nothing to dream for his life, and he won't be the same anymore as winner. BCCI need to hire someone doctor as their pshycological advisor for this. if not dhoni removed, this series engand will win 5-0 or 5-1, and future will be in heavy damage down to bangalesh in ranking. sorry for dhoni fans, but it is a mind of human psycology.

  • on October 7, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    The only way BCCI is going to agree on using the 'Technology' is when Sachin Tendulkar is given OUT when he CLEARLY isn't. And this should happen in all the 5 matches. A Pakistani Umpire would be an added catalyst. The Indian media will then make a great hue and cry about BCCI being orthodox and stubborn, and injustice towards Indian players. We will see many interviews with the so called 'experts'. And inevitably BCCI will then succumb to the use of technology. But there is a catch here. After reinstating the technology part, the Hot Spot decisions should not go against any Indian player until the current BCCI top brass retires. Then, I think we have a good future for technologies like Hot Spot in Cricket. P.S.: 1 Bad Decision is always better than 3 Bad Decisions. Grow Up, BCCI!

  • JG2704 on October 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    It does seem to me that India are above all the directives. Personally I agree with using the technology if it helps get most decisions correct. I just remember the Indians booing when Harbi was LBW to Broad and clearly got an inside edge on it. Had THEY not insisted on doing away with DRS for LBW's then he'd have got a reprieve. It'd be a huge shame if they got some bad decs where hotspot might have helped them wouldn't it?

  • on October 7, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @all DRS supporters.. I am really sick of dis argument.. Okay.. If DRS is that important and very effective, y cant v just send all field umpires to home and just rely on so called Technology and the TV operator.. In future, I doubt cricket wil b played wid robots with 100% accuracy since we need technology in everything.. Personally, my opinion is.. DRS r wtever review system v use should b based only on clear facts and not on any calculations/manipulations/assumptions or so called tracking system..

  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    The United XI will get torn to shreds, cant wait!

  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    bad luck England! hahahha

  • on October 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Its ok. We should stick the the same technology used in the world cup. After all it gave Sachin's plum LBWS notout against pakistan. Use technology that you can control. Thats the spirit BCCI ! Peace :)

  • on October 6, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Let's be clear, this is a financial decision, nothing more. The company with the technology wants to get paid as much as they can. BCCI have made their position clear a number of times, the world cup being the last example. It wasn't a technology issue that saw hot spot not being used for the tournament, it was an inability to come to a financial agreement. BBG wants X amount of dollars and BCCI thinks that is too much. Other cricket associations don't have that problem. It's not surprising because the BCCI is pretty much all about the money. That's often what happens when you get rich, you also get tighter with your budget. BCCI are hiding behind the "reliability" issue which is nonsense when a few sensible tweaks of the laws would mean that hot spot is only taken into consideration when it clearly helps make a decision.

  • Baundele on October 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Video umpire gives wrong decisions and the blame goes to the technology. ;)

  • RameshRayaprolu on October 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Technology doesn't matter, it wasn't always there. What matters is how the teams perform :) !! The guests are in TOP form, and so, the hosts can save the series if and only if some Miracles happen.

  • abiindia on October 7, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    EMERGENCY WARNING TO BCCI !!! Remove dhoni from capaincy and bring new energetic face as capain like 8 years before as dhoni, dhoni has achived alot winning cups, so there is nothing to dream for his life, and he won't be the same anymore as winner. BCCI need to hire someone doctor as their pshycological advisor for this. if not dhoni removed, this series engand will win 5-0 or 5-1, and future will be in heavy damage down to bangalesh in ranking. sorry for dhoni fans, but it is a mind of human psycology.

  • on October 7, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    The only way BCCI is going to agree on using the 'Technology' is when Sachin Tendulkar is given OUT when he CLEARLY isn't. And this should happen in all the 5 matches. A Pakistani Umpire would be an added catalyst. The Indian media will then make a great hue and cry about BCCI being orthodox and stubborn, and injustice towards Indian players. We will see many interviews with the so called 'experts'. And inevitably BCCI will then succumb to the use of technology. But there is a catch here. After reinstating the technology part, the Hot Spot decisions should not go against any Indian player until the current BCCI top brass retires. Then, I think we have a good future for technologies like Hot Spot in Cricket. P.S.: 1 Bad Decision is always better than 3 Bad Decisions. Grow Up, BCCI!

  • JG2704 on October 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    It does seem to me that India are above all the directives. Personally I agree with using the technology if it helps get most decisions correct. I just remember the Indians booing when Harbi was LBW to Broad and clearly got an inside edge on it. Had THEY not insisted on doing away with DRS for LBW's then he'd have got a reprieve. It'd be a huge shame if they got some bad decs where hotspot might have helped them wouldn't it?

  • on October 7, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @all DRS supporters.. I am really sick of dis argument.. Okay.. If DRS is that important and very effective, y cant v just send all field umpires to home and just rely on so called Technology and the TV operator.. In future, I doubt cricket wil b played wid robots with 100% accuracy since we need technology in everything.. Personally, my opinion is.. DRS r wtever review system v use should b based only on clear facts and not on any calculations/manipulations/assumptions or so called tracking system..

  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    The United XI will get torn to shreds, cant wait!

  • RandyOZ on October 7, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    bad luck England! hahahha

  • on October 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Its ok. We should stick the the same technology used in the world cup. After all it gave Sachin's plum LBWS notout against pakistan. Use technology that you can control. Thats the spirit BCCI ! Peace :)

  • on October 6, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Let's be clear, this is a financial decision, nothing more. The company with the technology wants to get paid as much as they can. BCCI have made their position clear a number of times, the world cup being the last example. It wasn't a technology issue that saw hot spot not being used for the tournament, it was an inability to come to a financial agreement. BBG wants X amount of dollars and BCCI thinks that is too much. Other cricket associations don't have that problem. It's not surprising because the BCCI is pretty much all about the money. That's often what happens when you get rich, you also get tighter with your budget. BCCI are hiding behind the "reliability" issue which is nonsense when a few sensible tweaks of the laws would mean that hot spot is only taken into consideration when it clearly helps make a decision.

  • Baundele on October 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Video umpire gives wrong decisions and the blame goes to the technology. ;)

  • on October 6, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    WhiteRaven - Get a grip. 94% right (umpires) or 98% right (DRS) with 60 decisions per test match that means DRS gets 2 or 3 right that would otherwise have been wrong. but still get one or two wrong. So what do you want - 4 or 5 wrong decisions a match or half that? DRS halves that - that's good enough for me. Umpires without DRS are at a peak - they will not improve further. More. Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel - the two most decorated umpires currently serving are both IN FAVOUR of DRS. And comparing DRS to life saving gear for road accidents shows how far removed from reality your argument is. Better results are better results. There will never be PERFECT - just better. DRS is better..BCCI are backwards facing bullys - end of story

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    See, the fact is every technology has its draw backs and bugs..But what is most frustrating is when you don't see anything in hotspot and if 3rd umpire gives out, then everything screws up. Similarly in hawkeye, when the rule is not to give out LBW when the ball pitches >3.5m, it should be followed everytime not partially. So new rules has to be written for the 3rd umpires on how to take decisions using DRS. We are talking about Technology and not real human umpires, so the old sayings like "benefit of doubt should go to batsman" shouldn't be considered when 3rd umpire decides using DRS. This is my view fellas..Go easy ;)

  • WhiteRaven on October 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    spending 1000s of dollars for technology, and getting 90+% result is nothing but waste of money, On field umpires are better. just imagine, one flaw in traffic signal, for you it may a one flaw... but will cost many lives. when yo u are not 100% sure, there is no use of technology and spend money for nothing but cry? BCCI has vaild point to oppose it. i remembered, even reply about noball broadcasted wrong (MSD dismisal). Simon Taufel too raised question about accuracy ... for fair play, i would rather suggest use technology for runouts.. let the LBW and caught behind all up to umpires. checking with no-ball is welcome too.

  • ncurd on October 6, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    First off the Umpires want it. Second no technology will EVER be 100% correct. So hot spot isn't perfect for very fine edges.You got by the other technology available which is noise and deviation of ball if the third umpire believes 100% he has knicked the ball with that evidence then he is given out (the shoelace incident was just human error and really unlucky). Equally hot spot has it uses as it does detect some edges if you hit your pad at the same time as the ball hit the bat it will generate a simultaneous noise but hot spot proves it was an edge. Technology is a wonderful thing and understanding its shortcoming leads to people using it correctly it's suppose to be aid in understanding what happened not the deciding factor. Ball tracking technology isn't perfect either but the program has been designed to take that into consideration hence the concept of Umpire's Call it only changes the outcomes which are wrong not those that are up to interpretation.

  • cool2cool on October 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    @ pom_don and all those criticizing BCCI for being arrogant, stupid, kid, partial etc. etc. should ask their respective boards to boycott BCCI and stop playing any match against them. Who has stopped them from doing so?

  • ddhillon21 on October 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Does that mean NO drs in the series. LBW cannot be review in limited DRS and now NO Hot Spot which means NO review at all...

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Lets go back to the period when there was no UDRS at all. Let the three umpires do the job and accept the decisions made!

  • Haleos on October 6, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    If BBG agrees that HotSpot was disappointing why does it expect support from BCCI? Get it sorted first. test it properly and then ask for supprot.

  • on October 6, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    HotSpot was pathetic during the India's tour of England and hence doesnt deserve to be used again. Let the technology mature and then the BCCI could think of using it. Till then the system which was used during the 2011 ODI WC can be put into action

  • gandabhai on October 6, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @ Hew Gerrard , EXACTLY what i've been saying for a million years . Regulate & improve the quality of the all the umpires including the third umpires & match referees . The last S Africa v India did not have DRS and there was the odd mistake but overall the standard was EXCELLENT . If we get good decisions being made most of the time, and no one team getting the majority of the bad decisions i could live with that . MAYBE then we could look at technology to iron out any remaining problems that are left that the then TOP NOTCH umpires need help with .

  • pom_don on October 6, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    To me it's simple the rules should be made by the sports governing body & if you don't agree to use them you should not be allowed to play.....rules should be rules & not something that the BCCI should adopt if they think they help them & throw out if they think they don't!

  • on October 6, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    I cant agree with BCCI if it were not for the Hot Spot Sehwag could have easily escaped , if they dont want to use its fine then they (MSD) should stop whining abt umpiring , some decisions might go your way the other wont , now you cant get Aleem dar or Simon taufel every match

  • Harvey on October 6, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Hot Spot is not 100% infallible, and neither is Hawkeye, but with a third umpire to review the evidence there has to be a better chance of getting the right decision than just leaving everything to the the on-field umpires. Hot Spot sometimes doesn't show up edges, but it's not the ONLY deciding factor the third umpire uses in any case. The BCCI's backwardness is leading to an overall decrease in the number of correct decisions compared with the use of technology, and that has to be wrong.

  • SanjivAwesome on October 6, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Imagine, would you buy a car with questionable brakes? BBG should take their product off the market, fix the technical bugs in it, then return to market a functioning product. As it is, they are causing irrepairable brand damage and creating negative perceptions around what I believe is a great technology concept that cricket needs in the long run.

  • Stouffer on October 6, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Seems that most of the problems are in relation to the Dravid decision, which seems to have been a particularly poor piece of third umpiring, and nothing to do with hot spot. With the appropriate standard of technology in place the quality of decisions would no doubt improve. However, there will always be a human element, and that seems to be the problem, not the technology. Snicko isn't fast enough to be used in decision making so isn't an option.

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  • RandyOZ on October 6, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    The hughes LBW discredits the system until fixed. The DRS system won't help England getting flogged anyway!

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    I am not sure if Brennan is saying the truth...Hotspot is classified as military equipment in india and need to go through a rigorous process for a couple of months and has to pay heavy duties.. i think it's for the same reason hotspot was not used in world cup

  • on October 6, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    As someone who normally thinks the BCCI are a bunch of 2 year olds dressed in suits, I must admit I agree with them 100% on this issue. The system doesn't work, howlers are still made, pointless waste of everyone's time. Surely more umpire training would be a better bet to eliminate the howlers. As for close decisions, you win some, you lose some. If you can't handle the umpire making the decision play a different game.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 6, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    I believe people here who criticize the BCCI would not have said such things if CA/ECB or CSA would have raised these issues.........

    BCCI is correct in denouncing a technology which is faulty and the people who have to use it........aren't trained enough to use it........

    I am proud that my board has the strength to take correct decisions......

  • jackiethepen on October 5, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    I think the world knows that India thinks it has home advantage that can put pressure on umpires. You can't put pressure on technology. It is cynical and India thinks that umpires will tend to rule in their favour especially with huge crowds supporting their favourite batsmen. Even in England Tendulkar survived several lbw shouts which would have got him out with technology. Eventually an umpire was prepared to give him out. Brave man. Would it have happened in India with Tendulkar in the 90s? It is really shameful that India want to stick to dodgy decisions in the hope they won't go against them.

  • cool2cool on October 5, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    Even there is no DRS at all for Pakistan's Tests in the UAE (may be because of some commercial considerations). So what's the big deal BCCI and BBG Sports not using the hot spot?

  • cool2cool on October 5, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    @ Imran A Shaik: Why do you bring Sachin here? What to do with the substitutions here? If he is not fit , he will not play and if he plays he will try to give his 100 % during fielding also. Just for e.g., he scored 2 hundreds during the world cup, and fielded for full 50 overs during these matches.

  • maddy20 on October 5, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    If it can't pick up the knicks like its supposed to do, I would rather go with snicko and hawk-eye.

  • cool2cool on October 5, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    @ Waqar Khan: Why do want to bring Sachin here? Just for your information, Sachin has used runner only once in his entire international career, and was out the first ball after the runner came. Occassion: 2003 WC match against Pakistan.

    In fact India has suffered the most because of the runner. Who will forget Saeed Anwar's 194, where half of his runs were run by Afridi.

  • landl47 on October 5, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    BCCI is like an ostrich, burying its head in the sand in the hopes that its enemy will go away. It's not going to happen. TV will continue to use technology and viewers will see in ever greater detail every decision, right or wrong. I have the greatest respect for umpires, but a decision as to whether the ball hit the bat or pad first when taken from 22 yards away at full speed is extremely difficult- just ask Bhaji or Raina. I was amazed that BCCI chose to accept HotSpot, which I regard as the least reliable technology, while rejecting slow motion replays for LBW decisions, which is not only the most reliable but almost 100% correct. Sooner or later technology will be adopted. I just wish the ICC would scrap the review process and leave the decision to the three umpires. Once the decision is made, with the third umpire using whatever technology is available, that's it. That's how it's done now for run outs and stumpings- why not for all decisions?

  • tictoc on October 5, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Hotspot is not perfect, as most things in life are not, however it has advanced the sport to a degree where umpires and viewers benefit from its use. There were only 2 or 3 occasions in UK where Hotspot may not have shown the fine edges, thats not to bad compared to the amount of edges it highlighted. Every time we hear a noise as the ball passes the bat, we automatically presume its an edge. Look at the Dravid dismissal when he hit his shoelace....Dravid heard the noise but did not think he hit it but still walked. Also in the 1st test when Laxman was adament he had not nicked it but England thought otherwise. Laxman was reprieved. When hotspot shows nothing we presume it doesnt work.. India dont know how to use UDRS. I think Brennan has done the right thing by standing up to the BCCI and not providing the product, without their support. If India cant play by the ICC standard requirements, dont play at all. Maybe the cricket boards should follow Brennans stance.

  • JosRoberts on October 5, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Next step, the BCCI will outlaw the ball as that's been responsible for some of their players getting out. Honestly... Toys out of the pram, yet again.

  • on October 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur: If you remember, (which you obviously don't) the non-Indians in this forum were consistently implying that the Hawk-Eye is a more reliable device and that in general any technological aid will not be 100% perfect but obviously better than an average umpire. If anyone has been proved to be wrong here, it is the BCCI. They bullied the ICC into making Hot Spot mandatory and now they want to chuck that as well. I personally feel the Indians have got lots of umpiring mistakes in their favour and when it happens the other way, they whinge about so hard like the Sydney test. If anything, this just shows how divised the decision-making at ICC is.

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    @Kes... you make a good point, but it was only viable to continue with same methods if the viewers remained the same, the media coverage and scrutiny on player's performance remained the same, but all of these things are increasing. Players are increasingly observed under the magnifying lens of not only selectors but cricket followers. As a result, they deserve better decisions too, therefore, the technology is required. It is all about adapting with changing times..

  • kes... on October 5, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    I sometimes feel thr is no respect to an umpires decision with the advent of DRS... Why cant cricket be played in the way it used to be played?? If the umpire says its out, the batsman walks back.. If not, the bowler walks back.. As simple as that..

  • Nutcutlet on October 5, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Well, anyone watching television will be able to see every umpiring error - and in the various cauldrons in which England have to perform, the umpires had better be strong enough to withstand the home crowd pressure! Well done, BBG & BCCI - impartial as ever!

  • on October 5, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    What is the point in spending $5000/day when two to three reviews needed that too not satisfied by this technology? Whoever it is, whether BCCI or ICC, they should spend money wisely and help poor people who are struggling. Cricket is just an entertainment and this business should contribute to Charity on regular basis.

  • Cric1988 on October 5, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    what we have here is BCCI's arrogance (i feel those defeatS in england are still haunting all the indians). it is right that the technology is not perfect and would only get better with time but what BCCI thinks is that if technology is introduced then there would be no wrong decisions! well that is not the case, the technology would help the umpires and improve with time. BBG has itself said that they need support to keep improving. so support them. one or two arguable decision wont change a series result! its ur players performance that will do that. @TheUltimateTruth: read what BCCI had to say, it wasnt BBG's decision based on BCCI's response: 'When contacted, the BCCI said it didn't want to comment on the issue.'

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 5, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    I think the correct decision has been taken.......and its not BCCI's fault that it has the courage and conviction to stand-up for betterment of cricket and take a leadership role....

    ICC's elite panel aren't qualified enough to use technology for making correct decisions....i think a time will come when even 3rd umpires decisions will be up for reviews....

  • bumsonseats on October 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    both england and australia when using it found no problems. this guy brennan has got to say what he does what else would u expect. come on icc get a grip, if you set a date for its use stick with it. or at least run it past india before u announce the date to see if that what they want. clueless, absolute clueless. dpk

  • gilly007 on October 5, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    We see who's running the ICC now sorry again. Would be interesting to see what happens if few decisions went against india which would have been overturned by the Hot Spot.

  • spence1324 on October 5, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Feel sorry for the umpires, because as soon as a decision go's aganist india they will be quick to pull out there victim card

  • Delboy1271 on October 5, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Yet again we see who actually runs the ICC. Dhoni will be the first one moaning when decisions don's go their way....

  • on October 5, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    The problem is the dilution of technology with human intervention. The third umpire/technician is being subjective in his decisions. The decision should be uniform. For example, if half or more than half the ball is predicted to hit the stumps, it should be OUT and not left to be on-field umpires call. Everything should be either a firm OUT or NOT-OUT and not left to subjective calls. This way the umpires panel can be expanded to include even local umpires standing for home tests.

  • simpleguy2008 on October 5, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    HI again same issue no UDRS what does mandatory means .

  • on October 5, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    its all bcci comes icc ruling and if there is a rule for no runners then their should be no substitutes allowed.I think its just allowed because sachin cant field for 50 overs

  • mathewjohn2176 on October 5, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @ some comments below, if its mandatory I don't think so bangladesh will have a choice not to use DRS due to the cost.ICC need to make sure they use it uniformly or else just use it in the test series. one referal in odi won't make any difference.Due to less cameras ,there was no hotspot in srilanka/ aus series.Bangladesh/ WI series won't use DRS due to cost.ICC should bring up sponsors for DRS,so that they utilise in all test playing countries.

  • TheUltimateTruth on October 5, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Please read the article carefully. BCCI did NOT say they will not use it. The article clearly says "BBG Sports believed it did not have the support of the BCCI and promptly decided not to bring the Hot Spot to India for their upcoming home series." It was a BBG decision not a BCCI decision. How is this BCCI controlling the world -- now BCCI can't even criticize a poor technology? I know they hurt BBG's feelings, but they deserve it ... it's not a good product. @me54321 -- what did BCCI not learn? That it's a bad technology? They did that during the England series and are rightfully citicizing it. I realize the learning is not to your liking ... as they say "truth is a bitch!"

  • Yevghenny on October 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I don't trust hotspot to get it right I'm afraid. I've never trusted it. Thin edges are not howlers anyway, they can go either way

  • on October 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    UDRS was made MANDATORY from october 1, right? if BCCI has any issues with it, it cannot ignore the fact that it MUST be used, especially when the broadcasters are well financed to sponsor the use of it, they may raise whatever concerns they have, but they also must use it until and unless there is a final decision taken against or in favor of it in the ICC meeting!

  • InsideHedge on October 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    BCCI didn't reject Hot Spot, rather BBG have thrown their toys out of their pram. Even the ball tracker is poor, I just saw a CLT20 match where a conventional left arm spin delivery from Kartik is shown as going straight on with the arm. The ball tracker cannot pick up such nuances. At some point, technology will improve but we're in the embryonic stage at present.

  • Tatsache on October 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    More controversys If hotsopot exist...we saw already in england... !

  • me54321 on October 5, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    The fact that the BCCI has changed its mind just goes to show their ignorance of the tools available to the referral system. Hotpot was never that accurate with fine edges, though I'm sure as with all technology it will improve. If you're going to make a strong stance about something, the least you can do is learn all there is to learn about what you're opposing, which clearly the BCCI haven't come close to doing.

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    So what happened DRS being mandatory commencing Oct, 1, 2011? I bet if Sachin gets injured in one of the matches and cant run, BCCI will even oppose the rule of no runners!

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    So BCCI gets to not host Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, as part of the deal of allowing UDRS a fair run, (basically a mandatory run). Now that the FTP is finalized, they are going back to their old stance. so what does world cricket gain? BCCI gets what they wanted. No UDRS, and no hosting Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

    and people say BCCI does not control cricket...

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    So I guess mandatory hold's no meaning to the ICC or the BCCI these days..

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    I like the decision by BBG... ICC should take the same stance and pull out all their umpires involving BCCI since the umpires are not perfect and make wrong decisions...

  • on October 5, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    get rid off DRS for odis and use them only for tests

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  • on October 5, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    get rid off DRS for odis and use them only for tests

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    I like the decision by BBG... ICC should take the same stance and pull out all their umpires involving BCCI since the umpires are not perfect and make wrong decisions...

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    So I guess mandatory hold's no meaning to the ICC or the BCCI these days..

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    So BCCI gets to not host Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, as part of the deal of allowing UDRS a fair run, (basically a mandatory run). Now that the FTP is finalized, they are going back to their old stance. so what does world cricket gain? BCCI gets what they wanted. No UDRS, and no hosting Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

    and people say BCCI does not control cricket...

  • on October 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    So what happened DRS being mandatory commencing Oct, 1, 2011? I bet if Sachin gets injured in one of the matches and cant run, BCCI will even oppose the rule of no runners!

  • me54321 on October 5, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    The fact that the BCCI has changed its mind just goes to show their ignorance of the tools available to the referral system. Hotpot was never that accurate with fine edges, though I'm sure as with all technology it will improve. If you're going to make a strong stance about something, the least you can do is learn all there is to learn about what you're opposing, which clearly the BCCI haven't come close to doing.

  • Tatsache on October 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    More controversys If hotsopot exist...we saw already in england... !

  • InsideHedge on October 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    BCCI didn't reject Hot Spot, rather BBG have thrown their toys out of their pram. Even the ball tracker is poor, I just saw a CLT20 match where a conventional left arm spin delivery from Kartik is shown as going straight on with the arm. The ball tracker cannot pick up such nuances. At some point, technology will improve but we're in the embryonic stage at present.

  • on October 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    UDRS was made MANDATORY from october 1, right? if BCCI has any issues with it, it cannot ignore the fact that it MUST be used, especially when the broadcasters are well financed to sponsor the use of it, they may raise whatever concerns they have, but they also must use it until and unless there is a final decision taken against or in favor of it in the ICC meeting!

  • Yevghenny on October 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I don't trust hotspot to get it right I'm afraid. I've never trusted it. Thin edges are not howlers anyway, they can go either way