Decision Review System: The real picture

BCCI feels ICC itself not convinced about the authenticity of DRS

New Delhi: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson has time and again said that India far from accepting the usage of Decision Review System in all bilateral series.

Even as ICC released a mail on the outcomes of its annual conference in London on June 29, there wasn’t a single mention of discussions DRS.

While many believe that BCCI once again successfully thwarted ICC’s efforts use the referral mechanism in all bilateral series, the real picture is much different.

The world body itself isn’t fully convinced of authenticity the DRS.

Senior BCCI official said there was discussion on the of DRS in bilateral series during ICC’s annual conference, but rather than the normal perception that BCCI was stubborn in its approach, was a case of the ICC not sounding too convincing in their effort to persuade the Indian Board.

There wasn’t any question of being stubborn. The BCCI has always been open to discussion and the case wasn’t any different in London. Having been at receiving end of some contentious decisions, we just wanted them to confirm whether the enhancements that the technology has undergone have made it foolproof.

“The committee itself accepted that the DRS isn't foolproof, so how does the ICC expect us to change our mind? If they themselves can’t stand by it, there is no question of our stand changing,” he told Mail Today.

The official further said that the ICC needs to ensure the technology improves further before the BCCI accepts its use in all bilateral series.

“It isn’t as simple as it looks from outside. The technical aspect needs a lot of fine-tuning and once that is done, we wouldn’t be wary of using the DRS. For the record, we were the first Board to embrace the technology when it was introduced in 2008. We used it in a series against Sri Lanka,” he said.

While the general perception is that BCCI is the only Board against the use of the referral system, the official claimed that other Boards too supported the BCCI when the question of implementation cost was raised.

“It is a myth that we are the only country who are against the implementation of DRS. When the issue of cost was raised by BCCI — considering that the expense per day runs into approximately $ 10,000- 15,000 — South Africa, Zimbabwe and a few other countries supported us. Those who say that we are using the financial angle of DRS as an excuse should get their facts right. The go-ahead will come from BCCI only when the ICC convinces us of its authenticity,” he added.


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