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BCCI adamant on slamming umpire referral

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Jun 17, 2011 at 02:30pm IST

New Delhi: Despite mounting pressure on the BCCI on the use of Umpire Decision Review System with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and former India coach Gary Kirsten backing it wholeheartedly, the Board doesn't seem to be in a charitable mood.

Reacting to Tendulkar's interview in the Hindustan Times where he said he was in favour of using the technology, a BCCI source told CNN-IBN that it did not matter what Sachin or any other player said.

"Our stand on the DRS will not change. The Board has no faith in the ball-tracking system," the source said, adding that the India-England series will not have the DRS as "we have not changed our stance".

The BCCI has consistently argued that the technology used in the DRS is unreliable. It was also believed that the BCCI had stuck to the stance as some of the senior players, including Tendulkar, had been opposed to it. But Tendulkar's clear statement has now put those rumours to rest.

"I am not against its use at all and believe it is beneficial for the game, though I do feel it be more effective with the support of snickometer and hot spot technology as it will give more consistent results," Tendulkar said in the interview.

Kirsten, who is now coach of South Africa, had told Reuters that he was a fan of the system.

"Personally I am very much in favour of it, I think it's a great system. I think what it has done is that it has increased the consistency of umpiring, so I am a fan of it but I know there are some negative views of it within India."

England's players too have taken pot-shots at the BCCI for having refused use of the DRS in the upcoming series.

England bowler Chris Tremlett said, "If the technology is there it should be used. Who knows why they don't want it involved. There have been a few decisions that have been rightly overturned and as a bowler you want those decisions given out. It's a fair way of doing things."

Fellow pacer James Anderson was equally fiery.

"I don't understand why. If all the other Test-playing nations are using it, India don't have to use it if they say they don't want to. We want to play with it as it clearly improves decision-making."

And the BCCI's view was also slammed by English spinner Graeme Swann, who was quoted as saying: "I think it is a shame we are not going to use it because it is a very positive thing that has been introduced in the game. I don't know if it is distrust of technology or a bit of kidology on their part. If BCCI doesn't want to use it, fair enough. Maybe we will get a couple that would have been overturned and it would be quite amusing if that happened."

In fact, the ICC's cricket committee, a body empowered to make recommendations on playing regulations, called for the decision review system to be made mandatory in all Test matches at its meeting in May.

But the BCCI remains stubbornly blind to its merit and at the moment it looks that their view is unlikely to change anytime soon.

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