Mumbai: Reacting to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) recommendation that the Decision Review System (DRS) be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs, the BCCI has said that its stance on the controversial technology remained the same.
The CEC had met in Kuala Lumpur on June 24 and 25 June 2012 and pushed again for the universal application of the DRS, but the Indian board’s statement has once again left the future of DRS in doubt.
“We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI’s stance on the same is unchanged,” read a BCCI statement. “The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof. The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series.”
The BCCI has been reluctant participants to the use of DRS, most notably during the 2011 World Cup, when Ian Bell was ruled not out during the tied match against India, because the batsman had advanced more than 2.5m down the wicket, at which point the parameters for Hawk-Eye's tracking system are deemed unreliable.
In May 2011 the ICC’s cricket committee had recommended that technology ought to be incorporated in all forms of the game, but the BCCI's opposition proved hard to overcome. India’s criticism of the technology was amplified last summer in England when Hot Spot - which was made mandatory at the last ICC meeting on the urging of the BCCI - proved inconclusive on a few occasions.
The BCCI president N Srinivasan has addressed the issue several times, claiming that the current technology was simply not good enough. This is not the first time the BCCI has objected to the use of DRS and it does not look like being the last.