India news August 7, 2013

Will accept DRS only if its fool-proof - Dalmiya

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI's interim president, has said that the board will accept the Decision Review System (DRS) only when the technology used is "fool-proof". Dalmiya said that the DRS has created confusion in its current form and the BCCI would adopt the technology once the system was "100% correct".

"We will accept DRS when technology is foolproof. There's nothing in between. Full stop," Dalmiya told the Indian Express. "Let them come up with a system which is 100% correct. They couldn't fix the Duckworth-Lewis problem in 15 years, what guarantee do we have about an error-free DRS? The Duckworth-Lewis method is beyond most of the players and administrators, let alone the common fans. I am still trying to figure out how a team total is increased on the basis of projection. The whole process is very complicated and confusing. And rather than solving the riddle, DRS creates more confusion in its present form."

Dalmiya also said that he had expected India to be isolated on the DRS matter at the ICC's annual conference earlier in the year, but had not faced any opposition from other members.

"Before going to the ICC meeting I was a bit iffy as I was told by some quarters that India would be completely isolated on the DRS issue," Dalmiya said. "But after I was done with my presentation on that day, there was not a single voice of protest."

India were a part of the first-ever Test series in 2008 which featured DRS. But the team voted against the use of the system and the board decided to back the players. The BCCI also declined the recommendation of the ICC's cricket committee to embrace the DRS in all formats of the game at the international level.

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  • Shane on August 9, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @gdalvi - of course, there is an obvious difference between playing in different conditions (i.e. on different pitches), and playing under different rules (i.e. DRS or no DRS). Another attempt to muddy the debate. Also, your claim that 'many' past players are opposed to DRS is quite deceiving - you mention Martin Crowe (most people in NZ stopped listening to him years ago), and several other posters mention Kallis. That's pretty much it, apart from a few Indian players still smarting from their poor use in 2008. So how many past (and current) players does that leave in support of it? A non-argument, I'm afraid. An action reply for an LBW or edge is pointless - you need to check if the ball pitched inline, hit inline etc. Again (as we go in circles) - nobody suggests the DRS is perfect, and sure Hot Spot might miss edges occasionally. But surely (surely!) getting more decisions right with technology is better than getting less right without it? Please explain otherwise.

  • vas on August 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Why can't the host country alone decide whether to use DRS? India does use DRS in ICC events. So they wouldn't object using it in away series.

    Why can't the countries pick and choose which technology to use in DRS? ICC did not use hotspot in World Cup 2011. If it is alright for ICC it is alright for others as well.

  • Gautam on August 8, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @ nutcutlet - BCCI idea is simply - just use technology you can afford or want to spend money on. Just use action replay and stump mike to eliminate howlers (for free cost). Leave rest to umpires. As simple as that. Now, my question to you is - why does ICC not use this straightforward, easy to use process? Why are they insisting of Hot Spot and other technologies that half the boards can't afford? With faint edges, replays may miss it - but so does hot spot - and umpire then makes decision based on sound. Why not eliminate the middle man (Hot Spot)? These are precisely the 50-50 decision that should and always have gone to batsman's favor. Ball-tracking has it own "prediction" issues - even Kallis came out against it and it definitely has problem with height prediction. Instead of a line they should acctually be showing the prediction width - in shape of a cone - emanating from point of contact with pad. Then everyone will see how good the system is.

  • Gautam on August 8, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    @shane-oh: Please spare me this "consistency" argument. Cricket is played on DIFFERENT ptiches (fast, turing flat), in different weather seasons, different boundary distance and so on. Even the the pitch condition changes from one day to another for test matches. And you are saying the most important thing for consistency is use of DRS??? Many past cricketers - Martin Crowe for instance, has clearly stated that DRS must be stopped, re-thought and then implemented. The current players are indebted to their boards - they will only say what their board wants. BCCI is not against using technology - it is against using expensive technology for sake of using technology. I still haven't got good explanation from DRS suporters, why simple action reply - the same used for run-outs - is not sufficient to eliminate howlers. Sure very faint edges may still be missed - so does Hot Spot.

  • venkat on August 8, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Why can't teams that want DRS implement it and teams like India that don't want it don't implement it? To me the cricketing world's desire to convince India seems silly. Improve the DRS implementation (I see more controversies with it than without it) and I am sure India will want it.

  • Shane on August 8, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @Texmex - I think we can all agree no team should win because they are better at using the DRS, and I think we can all agree that no team ever has.

  • karthik on August 8, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    All countries get a chance to use DRS for 85% of their games. It is only when they play India they cant - so what is the big deal? When the whole system of DRS (which includes the third umpire) gets better, meaning no more controversies, then I am sure India will be willing as well.

    Cricket is about batting, bowling, fielding - a team shouldnt be able to win just because it uses DRS better!

  • Sean on August 8, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    This is why India are fast becoming the most unpopular team on earth. Boring, boring India.

  • Shane on August 8, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @drs_flawed_technology - you still miss the point, as so many of your fellow head-buriers do. Australia and England are unhappy with some decisions in the Ashes and are asking for clarification and tweaks to the system. Nobody, I repeat nobody, is advocating a return to the dark ages promoted by the BCCI. To do so would be silly.

  • Shane on August 8, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The analogy with car brakes is pointless - if an umpire gets a cricketing decision wrong, people don't die. Therefore, this analogy is nothing more than an attempt to distract attention and further muddy what is actually a very straightforward conversation.

    @gdalvi - you are missing the point that, if we don't have consistent standards across the cricketing world, then the integrity of the game is compromised. BCCI stubbornness is preventing us from moving forward, i.e. self interest is trumping the interest of the game. It's not that hard to admit you have been silly and move on.

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