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BCCI must review its stance on DRS: PCB

Press Trust Of India
Jul 06, 2012 at 10:51pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Zaka Ashraf has advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review its stance on the enforcement of the controversial Decision Review System (DRS).

Ashraf told the media here that the DRS was a constructive step forward and good for the sport and as such India should also review its policy on the implementation of the DRS system.

"I feel accepting the DRS system will be in the larger interest of the sport," he said.

PCB asks BCCI to review its stance on DRS

ICC at its recent meetings backed off from making the DRS mandatory for all Test matches.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) at its recent meetings in Kuala Lumpur backed off from making the DRS mandatory for all Test matches by its Test playing nations after India opposed the system insisting it was not 100 percent error free.

But Ashraf said majority of the decisions taken under the DRS had been good for the umpires, players and cricket.

"It is a system which is also beneficial for the umpires in the long run," Ashraf said.

Pakistan has been a staunch supporter of the DRS and is presently trying to acquire sponsorship for using it in the one-day internationals scheduled against Australia in the UAE next month.

The Indian board also questions the fact that technology used in the DRS is not uniform in all countries because of its high costs on the boards.

Ashraf also spoke about the PCB plans to hold its premier league tournament and said that it was trying to launch the event in November.

Ashraf was here to meet the Sindh Chief Minister to discuss the construction and development work on the new stadium in Gharhi Khuda Baksh, the homeplace of the Bhutto family.

Ashraf also told the media that the board was anxiously waiting for July 12th when the Dhaka High Court injunction against the Bangladesh team touring Pakistan would end.

He said Bangladesh board had indicated that once the injunction order ended the postponed tour of the Bangladesh team to Pakistan was still possible.

"We are in constant touch with the Bangladesh board so let us see what happens after July 12th," he said.

Bangladesh pulled out of a short tour to Pakistan because of the High Court order in April leading to souring of ties between the two boards.

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