Decision Review System May 12, 2011

BCCI won't change stand against DRS

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI will oppose the recommendation of the ICC's cricket committee to implement the Decision Review System (DRS) in all internationals, the board's secretary N Srinivasan has said. The recommendation, made on Wednesday, will be tabled for ratification or rejection at the ICC's executive board meeting in Hong Kong between June 26-30.

"I am a member of the executive board," Srinivasan said. "We will put forward the BCCI's position, which has been very clear right from the start, when the executive board meets.

"The cricket committee is just a sub-committee and it can only make recommendations, it is for the executive board to ratify them or not. We will oppose it at the Executive Board because the UDRS in its present form is unacceptable to us."

The Indian board has consistently opposed the DRS. The system was implemented in the World Cup but India saw themselves at the end of a controversial decision involving Ian Bell. Following that, Srinivasan, in a letter to the ICC, had said: "The inadequacy of the UDRS has been exposed in this edition of the World Cup."

The cricket committee also suggested the number of unsuccessful reviews allowed for each team in an innings be brought down to one from two in limited-overs cricket. The DRS was used in all games during the World Cup, but the Indian board has always had reservations about it, including captain MS Dhoni.

The ICC's general manager of cricket, Dave Richardson, was hopeful about changing India's views. "The level of believability in ball-tracking systems has improved," Richardson said on Wednesday. "Hopefully, member boards and the India board will take cognizance of that."

The DRS was first implemented in Tests in 2008 when India toured Sri Lanka in a series they lost. The hosts made significantly better use of the system, making 11 successful reviews, while India managed just one.

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  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    BCCI's stance against UDRS is borne out of sheer ARROGANCE. Thats it.. pure and simple!! My advice to BCCI.. wizen up and join the bandwagon!

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 16:08 GMT


  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    It's fair enough that the system is not perfect, but it does help eradicate absolute SHOCKERS that umpires can have, which is only beneficial to the game. It's a tool to help the umpires make decisions. As far as I'm concerned, the UDRS was a huge success in the world cup. The Bell dismissal, correct me if I'm wrong, would have been not out anyway WITHOUT the UDRS because of the onfield umpires call. The decision was scrutinised, the rules have been changed for the better. The BCCI needs to pull it's finger out and look at what's best for the world game, not just for them.

  • KiwiRocker- on May 14, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Rahul.Desale -Son, Genius is someone like Issac Einstien or John Newton...Tendulkar is just an over rated batsam and word Genius is used too loosely. Tendulkar is not even close to JH Kalli's class- As far as I am concerned, I got a PhD..I rekon, I may be bit more genius than Tendulya!

  • yorkslanka on May 14, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Why are india so against udrs? It's not the systems fault if teams don't know how to use it properly. It may not be perfect but surely its better than using nothing at all?should be used in all formats and if not, the game should not be counted towards rankings / championship qualifiers.

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    The DRS, as of today, is not fool-proof. Some people are of the opinion that if technology is available, why not use it. But the question is - is the technology conclusive? There are several examples of errors in spite of DRS - one controversial decision involving Ian Bell in the recently concluded ICC ODI World Cup. DRS should not be introduced till everyone involved with the game are not comfortable!

  • nataraajds on May 13, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Bad umpire decision should not cost match for any team. so Indian must accept UDRS . don't understand why BCCI is not in favor of UDRS while other countries accept it.

  • Stos on May 13, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @RogerC: Yes, why shouldn't we use the DRS to call boundaries, leg byes, clean bowled decisions and to hold people's hats? Really, it's not clear why you think that your question is at all a reasonable argument. In any case, when the DRS meets the limitations of its accuracy, the decision passes to the normal umpire, so that it doesn't worsen things in any case. Conversely, in the fairly large field of decisions where it is more accurate than the human umpire, it can serve to correct them. To state the obvious, wickets are very important in cricket, and a single wicket can be of great significance. Given the nature of the DRS, especially when limited to a single usage, it is likely that it would be used mostly for the most important wickets as well. If this can prevent a wicket from being lost when it shouldn't have been, or grant a deserved wicket, that's already a significant effect on a match, and one which increases the relative effect of players' skilll upon match outcomes.

  • CricEshwar on May 13, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Indian's inability to use DRS properly may not only be ignorance, but arrogance. See how Sehwag has used DRS in the world cup. It was absolutely irresponsible. When Sachin takes advise from Kohli and walks away since Kohli thought it could be out, there is nothing wrong with Sehwag taking atleast a word from Sachin. But I am a huge supporter of DRS and Sehwag's batting, hope both are here to stay. It will be great to know on what specific is BCCI not accepting DRS and if anyone is working on that, any time line, modes of testing the system. Akash Chopra, man of details might help shed some light on this.

  • Hindh on May 13, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @kiwirocker why do u burn so much of everything india?

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