Decision Review System June 18, 2011

DRS has to be totally error-free - Srinivasan

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, has reiterated the board's stance against the DRS, saying it was not convinced the technology used at present was accurate all the time and that the resistance would continue until further improvements were made.

"Nothing much has changed since we first opposed it. We welcome technology when it is 100% error-free," Srinivasan told the Indian Express. "In this case it is not, so we would continue to oppose the implementation of the DRS."

The BCCI has been consistent in its refusal to use the system - most recently for India's upcoming tour of England - since it was first trialled in the India-Sri Lanka Test series in 2008. Sachin Tendulkar is often named as one of two Indian players (captain MS Dhoni the other) who are resistant to the referral system and therefore tacitly responsible for the BCCI's opposition of the DRS. Tendulkar told ESPNcricinfo that while he was not against the use of technology, the DRS needed the support of Snickometer and Hot Spot to make it more consistent.

Srinivasan, however, said the BCCI's stand had not changed despite the growing support for the system.

"They [the players] are entitled to their opinion and they can express it as well. But the BCCI is a structured organisation. Yes, we are always open to ideas but we make our own decisions.

"Everyone has their own choice and we cannot question them. At the same time, we have our own ideas and we would stick to our decision till further improvements are made."

Srinivasan said the BCCI had no objection to Snickometer or Hot Spot, but was not convinced about the accuracy of Hawk Eye, which is one of the technological aids used in the DRS.

"The Hawk-Eye is yet to convince us. This is a technology that deals with the projection, trajectory and angle of the ball. And from where the cameras are placed, it cannot give a foolproof solution.

"We raised these issues when the company had made a presentation in Chennai and no one was completely certain about its accuracy," he said. "This technology is basically based on assumption, which comes in the way of the judgment of the umpires, which we think is not good for the game. So, for us to approve the DRS, it has to be totally error-free."

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  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    BCCI should have representation in every country's cricket board to ensure it's 100% transperent in all its decisions. Should get itself involved to check if Gayle's exclusion is 100% right. Right now the umpires are 100% right and better than DRS according to BCCI. Even obvious umpire errors like snicks into the pad given out cannot be corrected without DRS. Duckworth Louis is the messiest system for T20 and even for 50 overs game sometimes its methos is close to ridiculous. Hope they start using it for tests too with BCCI support as they feel its 100% efficient. BCCI is using the money power of the large base of Indian Cricket lovers to its unfair advantage. I hope all other countries join together and bring BCCI down to realistic levels. ICC should force its decisions in all cricket playing nations and not leave it to the whims and fancies of BCCI. The day is not far off.

  • Bob on June 20, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    SCOOP !!!.. NEW REVIEW SYSTEM UNVEILED BY THE BCCI. The BCCI have recommended its new system be accepted by the ICC in all matches involving India. The T/D UDRS, developed by two of India's top test cricketers, is described as being the most radical and innovative system yet. It claims to satisfy the stringent demands imposed by the BCCI and its players. Using a unique tracking system, all balls delivered by Indian bowlers which strike the pads are predicted to have been hitting middle stump halfway up. All those bowled by the opposition will be shown as either missing the stumps or to have hit the bat first or be a no-ball. Hotspot and snicko are retained in their current form with some small insignificant adjustments; they will be automatically disabled during the India innings and digitally enhanced during the opposition innings. The BCCI feel that with this system in place they can be 100% satisfied that all decisions will be acceptable to themselves and their players

  • Kunal on June 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Somebody please ask the BCCI if the Duckworth Louis method 100% error free? is that what they think? which technology has ever been 100% error free. they are just fooling around with some bigger (stupid) agenda. With players demanding and supporting UDRS there is no point for an administrative board which hardly consists of cricket players to judge against something that will benefit the game. It's all about money and dominance. If the ICC really has some spine left, they should make UDRS mandatory for the benefit of cricket and also for the fans.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Is the BCCI saying that Umpires are 100% correct? Or are they afraid that the DRS might get more Indian batsmen out and give the Indian bowlers less wickets. It looks like they have not got over the way the DRS worked against them in the series against Sri Lanka.

  • Zeeshan on June 19, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    It is really worrying to know that ICC cannot make decision for the beenfit of the circket and forced not to take the decision that will improve the game.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    umpires are about less accurate then technology!!

  • Dennis on June 19, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I agree with Sudhir - heres hoping its SRT that gets a few howlers v england .

  • Alex on June 19, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    If you want to stop IPL , you have to put better products that is attractive to indian viewers. With 1.5 billion people , it has to be closer or some way it is freely available first few years for viewers to get hooked into. Or keep the Location across the world and flight cost down with flight company do advertisement free. 6 month world league like NFL or MLB or Ice hockey.

    Main cost is flight across world...atleast you are not moving 100 people like in NFL. 20/max travelling including coaches.

    Time cut IPL off. if there is enough money , people don't mind going against BCCI as it is a private orgaization.

    Can a indian get cricket scholarship in Australia? Until the free flow happens India will rule cricket.

  • MANU on June 19, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    This is an example of BCCI dominating and dictating in ICC.If BCCI don't like UDRS and if all nations are equal,BCCI has the right not to use it only when India host bilateral series.When India tour WI or Eng,it is for WICB or ECB to decide.BCCI is dominating in ICC because cricket earns mainly from India.Cricket may not last long.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    i hope they get a few howlers against them in england. And bell should be included in most of them

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