BCCI opposed to DRS once again
The BCCI has reverted to its stance against the use of the Decision Review System, with the new board president N Srinivasan saying the current technology was simply not good enough after Hot Spot, which was made mandatory at the last ICC meeting on the urging of the BCCI, proved inconclusive on a few occasions during India's tour of England.
"We did not believe in the ball-tracking technology at all. But the BCCI is not averse to technology," Srinivasan said after the annual general meeting in Mumbai. "So therefore, at the last meeting of the ICC in Hong Kong, we agreed to a minimum usage of DRS including Hot Spot.
"At the time, we were under the impression that Hot Spot was very good. 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."
During the tour of England, India's captain MS Dhoni again voiced his displeasure at the handling of the DRS on more than one occasion, with Rahul Dravid in particular falling victim to three controversial dismissals. The last dismissal took place during the first ODI, with Dravid initially being given not out by umpire Billy Doctrove.
Stuart Broad was so sure of the edge he immediately signalled for a review before consulting his captain, Alastair Cook. However, the evidence reviewed by Marais Erasmus, the third umpire, appeared inconclusive. Neither of the two Hot Spot cameras picked up any edge, and there was no clear deviation on the slow-motion replay. Yet the decision was overturned and Dravid was given out apparently because there was a sound as ball passed bat.
During the ICC annual conference in Hong Kong in July, the BCCI, along with other member boards, had agreed to a compromise wherein Hot Spot was made mandatory for DRS while the use of ball-tracking technology was made optional.