India 'quash' latest DRS bid

2012-06-27 07:53

Kuala Lumpur - Cricket's latest bid to make decision review technology mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals has been swiftly quashed after opposition from powerful India, a report said.

The recommendation by chief executives was not put to a vote and "came and went without a murmur" at the International Cricket Council's (ICC) board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the ESPNcricinfo site reported, citing people present.

The board meeting was chaired by India's Sharad Pawar, who is the ICC president. India was the only country to object to the measure, the authoritative website said.

The report comes after India publicly rejected the new recommendation for mandatory use of the Decision Review System (DRS), which employs ball-tracking and thermal-imaging technology to check whether batsmen should be given out.

"The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof," the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement on Monday.

India, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, have been deeply suspicious of DRS since a number of reviews went against them in their 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial.

And India, who provide the lion's share of global cricket revenues due to their huge fan-base, torpedoed a similar bid for mandatory DRS at last year's annual ICC talks, where it was controversially made optional.

Other countries have voiced strong support for the technology. This week, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka called for compulsory DRS after a rash of contentious decisions marred the first Test in Galle.

"It should be made compulsory for every game," said Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez.

On Monday, cricket's chief executives said independent testing had proved the accuracy of DRS, and recommended it for all Tests and one-day internationals provided host nations can afford and obtain the equipment.

It was not known if the issue would be raised again at the ICC board meeting, which concludes on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's ICC Council meeting in the Malaysian capital.

Separately, South African-born former England captain Tony Greig urged India to use its wide influence for the good of the game, accusing it of being "preoccupied with money" during a lecture at Lord's in London.

"Much of the game is controlled by the BCCI because it controls enough votes to block any proposal put forward at the ICC board meetings," said Greig, who described himself as a strong supporter of DRS.

"The spirit of cricket is more important than generating billions of dollars; it's more important than turning out multi-millionaire players; and it's more important than getting square with Australia and England for their bully-boy tactics towards India over the years," he added.

India has also rejected proposals to reform the ICC put forward in a self-commissioned review, which strongly criticised its "members' club" structure.


  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-06-27 09:05

    Well done...Still feel that DRS needs to be tweaked a little before mandatory use in all forms of cricket. Too many doubts at this stage

  • Claude - 2012-06-27 10:39

    The Cricketing nations have no balls and just let India run roughshod over them. The other nations should just outvote them and let them go and play with themselves if they don't like it. I know its all about money but that is bad for the game. The other approach is for Umpires to step in and make sure that it is in India's interest to have the review system.

  • jacques.joubert.swart - 2012-06-27 13:36

    I must admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of Neil Manthorp as a commentator (great journo, though) but a point he made over the radio2000 feed against India when they toured here was a bloody good one. He said umpires are too ''afraid'' to give Indian greats such as Tendulkar out when they bloody well know they will cop it if they were to be ''the one who gave Sachin/Virinder/Gautam a hard call. He did refer to a discussion between an Umpire and Paul Harris to prove that, but I digress. With DRS, those 50/50 calls which would normally go to them will be snuffed out, and they will suffer as a result of it. Also, the major elephant in the room: with all the fixing going on, how much easier would it be to pick up on things if decisions are under more intense scrutiny? How many ''wickets off no-balls'' etc. would be spotted with this system? India, I'm afraid to say, is turning into the China of the cricketing world: by simply dominating the financial landscape of the game, the BCCI is running the ICC and there's very little anyone can do about it. Damn the man. My suggestion: enjoy the SA/Eng type tours where sanity prevails and we have the system, cheer when India lose, and pray to God someone grows a pair in the ICC and tell the BCCI to go stuff their Rupees.

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