BCCI to oppose Decision Review System at ICC meet

first_imgBCCI secretary N Srinivasan will attend the ICC CEC meeting in Hong Kong starting on Sunday.A day before the world gangs up to pressurise the Indian cricket board to accept the contentious umpires’ decision review system (DRS), a top ranking official said on Saturday that India would oppose it again.The official said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would not succumb to the pressure when the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee (CEC) takes up the issue at the start of the five-day ICC annual conference on Sunday in Hong Kong.”We will oppose the DRS at the meeting. It so happens that we have a bit more influence in the ICC – and we are no more a [British] colony,” the official told Mail Today, referring to several foreigners who hold key positions in the Sharad Pawar-headed ICC. The BCCI has all along maintained that Hawkeye, which tracks the ball for leg-before wicket decisions, is not fool proof. “They [London-based Hawkeye officials] came to India and wanted us to take a leap of faith and accept the DRS; we said we won’t take the leap,” said the official.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan is attending the ICC CEC meeting on Sunday and Monday while president Shashank Manohar will be present at the ICC executive board conclave on Tuesday and Wednesday.The role of umpires will be reduced if the decision review system is made mandatory.DRS, which has been sporadically used worldwide since 2009, can’t be implemented until the boards of the two competing teams of a series agree to it. The BCCI opposed the system for India’s ongoing Test series in the West Indies as well as the series in England starting next month.Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar is in DRS’s favour while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not.advertisementThe rest of the nine ICC full members, however, have accepted the DRS. The BCCI official suspected that someone in the world body has a vested interest in implementing the DRS. “I have a feeling that someone in the ICC has a link with the company that provides the technology,” he said, and pointed out that the company hardly has any competition globally.The Clive Lloyd-headed ICC cricket committee had last month “unanimously” recommended that the DRS should be used not just in all Test matches, but in One- day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals as well. Interestingly, the votaries included Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the World Cup triumph in April, and Ravi Shastri, who attended as a media representative.The DRS drastically lessens the role of the on-field umpires, especially with assistance from Hot Spot and Snickometer.It is one of the reasons that the BCCI cites while opposing it. “If you want to reduce the role of umpires, you might as well install a lamppost with red and green lights,” said the official sarcastically.The official said India would oppose the system until it becomes fool-proof. “We will have to navigate through these troubled waters,” he averred.Asked how long he expected the board to do that, he said: “Only time will tell.” Under the DRS, which was controversially implemented during the recent World Cup, each team has two unsuccessful opportunities to ask for a review of the decisions given by on- field umpires. The BCCI is convinced that this too is not fair. “It is a lottery,” he said.The cost of implementing the DRS has to be borne by the home country broadcasters, and this is another reason that the BCCI gives for not embracing the system.Using the DRS, including the Hot Spot and Snickometer aids, for one day cost about $55,000. Can smaller Test playing nations like Bangladesh afford to pay that kind of price? Hot spot also has a security problem in India. Since the technology used in this is perceived as a security threat, it is not allowed inside the country. “Last year, Hot Spot equipment came to India for the Champions League T20, but it couldn’t be used as the government didn’t allow it to come inside the country and it returned from the airport,” said a source.The ICC too faces a few impediments, like the existing broadcast contracts of its member countries, to overcome before it can enforce the DRS across the board. It will have to explore a common ground for the home broadcasters all 10 Test countries to move ahead. But the BCCI will have to be convinced first.last_img

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