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PCB to support DRS, oppose end to rotation policy

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 26, 2011

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PCB chairman Ijaz Butt after terming the match-fixing murmurs a conspiracy to defraud Pakistan, Dubai, September 20, 2010
The PCB won't be toeing the BCCI line on DRS © AFP
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The PCB will support the recommendation to implement the Decision Review System (DRS) in international matches at the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong, its chairman Ijaz Butt has said. However, the board will oppose the proposal to end the rotational system for ICC presidents and the planned amendment to the ICC's constitution which will allow the governing body to suspend a member in the event of governmental interference in the running of a national cricket board.

Those two issues, along with the Associate participation in the 2015 World Cup, form the crux of the conference but they were not debated on the opening day. The meetings began on June 26 with discussions on playing conditions and the rankings system. The headline issues were kept for the upcoming days.

One board that has vehemently opposed the DRS is the BCCI, but the PCB was satisfied with the system. "We really don't know why India is opposing the DRS," Butt had said prior to his departure for Hong Kong. "They must have their reasons but as far as we are concerned, we are satisfied with the impact it has had so far in Test and ODI cricket, and we felt the World Cup was a good example of this system working and getting better in future.

"We support India where we agree with their viewpoint. But generally we have our own independent views on decisions. I think the fact that we are not in favor of ending the rotation system of electing the ICC chairman, or having amendments in the ICC constitution to prevent complete government interference in member board affairs, is testimony to this."

With regards to the proposed amendment to prevent government interference, the PCB issued a legal notice to the ICC. It is among the boards that could, in the event of any interference from the government, be directly affected by the amendment, since the patron-in-chief of the PCB is the president of Pakistan.

Pakistan and Bangladesh are next in line to nominate the ICC president and vice-president as per the rotational system. The Bangladesh Cricket Board said it is not against the proposed change in the process for the nomination and election of the ICC president, but wants the amendment to come into effect only after the completion of a full cycle of the current rotational system.

"The board, in principle, agrees on the proposed amendment of ICC Article of Association regarding abolishing the present rotation system for the post of president of the ICC," the Bangladesh board said. "However, the BCB feels that an equal and fair opportunity should be given to all existing Full Member countries to avail the privileges of the current rotation system."

The ICC annual conference begins with a meeting of the chief executives committee on June 26 and 27, followed by the executive board meeting - June 28 and 29 - and the full council meeting on June 30.

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Posted by sonofchennai on (June 27, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy: are u kididng or what? if individual players/teams wanted to have their opinions upheld and done, imagine the plight of sport...cmon..

Posted by khurramsch on (June 27, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

simple thing is to use the system so that its error comes out & get rectified but if u dont use it then u never make it better. for rotation policy . ok if icc want to change then fair thing is give each board a chance. then change it. not that some have already got chances & now when turn of others come u r saying change it?

Posted by   on (June 27, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

PCB, first support your players, Some players are running away. lol. PCB have no idea of DRS, in another way they are not going to use it any way since no matches played in PAK. One direct question to PCB, can you people use DRS with HOTSPOT and SNIKO in all your conducting matches. lol. No is the answer, coz is very costly.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (June 27, 2011, 1:55 GMT)

Just a thought...why is everyone opposing BCCI? BCCI is not oppising to use DRS for other nations. It is opposing to use DRS for only matches India is playing.

Posted by Amarjitmadan on (June 26, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

Rotation policy is not workable as the Presidents from Pakistan and Bangla Desh will not be able to work independently particularly the later.With no country willing to visit Pakistan due to security reasons, will not make things smooth. Regrettably the incumbent is going to be a paper tiger only with some one else calling the shots.As regards DRS BCCI should consider it on a trial basis even with basic facilities, it certainly will not make things worse.After a trial period it will be them some basis to take further steps that are necessary.

Posted by cricket_for_all on (June 26, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

AUS and ENG have to provide the hot-spot facilities all the boards. I read some articles and It is no way expensive. They just want other boards to pay millions of dollar for the infrared camera. According to some articles that this camera will cost around $30000 - $120000. They basically use 2 cameras or you can use four cameras. So you basically need around $400000 to buy four infrared cameras for the hot spot technology. I don't understand the talk about military camera (All to increase cost and get more money). I think that BCCI and others can consult with American or French companies to build this camera for even cheaper price. AUS and ENG are still trying dominate the cricket by scaring military terminology to sell their product to way higher price. We can bring down the cost to very low level if we find proper companies. France was the one first build this kind of camera for hot-spot (Not ENG or AUS).

Posted by terminatro747 on (June 26, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

BCCI is being very vague, and does not seem to be looking for interests of all nations, but its own selfish interests. Although for the first time Ijaz Butt has made sense, but BCCI needs to think what they are doing

Posted by cricpolitics on (June 26, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

It is just absurd to think having no interference at all in any of the cricket boards. Every cricket board looks up to their respective Govt to organize events and get advice on various other matters including security. Is ICC going to ban a cricket board if the Govt ask them not to tour a certain country? Would that be considered a Govt. interference? DRS must be implemented, no need to toe the Indian line.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 26, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Some of the worlds poorest cricket boards all support the DRS and are willing to use it. Yet the so-called richest cricket board is against it on financial grounds.... world has gone mad. If you honestly believe the BCCI, I have a bridge to sell you over the Pacific. They are only protecting their own interests, they do not care about other boards financial costs, and never will.

Posted by kavcric on (June 26, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

" DRS remains unfit without hot spot & snickometer, adding these technologies to DRS could make 100% fit for use" . BCCI is correct & should stand firm in opposing this incomplete system of reviewing decision.

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