Johannesburg: Legendary South African batsman Graeme Pollock has lambasted the BCCI for yet again raising a red flag for the universal implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS).
Pollock, voted South Africa's best cricketer of the 20th century in 2009, did not spare the ICC either as he slammed the governing body for not taking the financial and administrative responsibility to impose the technology.
Pollock felt the BCCI's continuous rejection of the DRS was mainly due to its unsuitability to the Indian batsmen. "It's ridiculous that India have managed to do this [opposing the universal implementation of the DRS] on their own, but it does suggest that DRS favours sides that have lots of good batsmen," Pollock said.
Pollock was reacting to BCCI’s opposition to the DRS at an ICC board meeting in Kuala Lumpur last week, effectively vetoing the adoption of the system that uses infrared cameras, finely-tuned microphones and ball-tracking devices to aid umpires. "Essentially, the system does not suit India's top six [batsmen]. You play differently if you're a batsman, when the review system is in operation," Pollock told the daily Business Day.
"You are limited in the number of reviews you can call for, and if DRS is not in operation, a lot of players are going to get away with decisions that should go the other way."
Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting chief executive Jacques Faul said South Africa supported the introduction of DRS, although allrounder Jacques Kallis last year said that 99% of cricketers were not entirely convinced of the accuracy of the system. "[India] does not think that DRS is reliable, but we supported it and our players support it [as well]," Faul said.
Pollock also hit out against the fact that DRS cost is borne by the broadcasters, although the benefit of its use goes directly to the ICC. "It's ludicrous. DRS should be paid for and controlled by the ICC and simply be a part of world cricket," Pollock said.The legendary batsman has lambasted the BCCI for yet again raising a red flag for the universal implementation of the DRS.