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BCCI says no to DRS during England series

cricket Updated: Jun 10, 2011 13:09 IST
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India's opposition to the Decision Review System continues with the BCCI refusing to allow its usage in next month's four-Test cricket series against England.

According to 'The Daily Telegraph', The Board for Cricket Control in India sent an official notification to the England and Wales Cricket Board that it does not want the system to be used in the series (July) ."

Consent of both the Boards is required for the system to be used in a series.

Top Indian players such as Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been vocal critics of the DRS but English players like spin spearhead Graeme Swann have backed the use of this technology.

"The reason India does not want it is because it will favour our bowlers," said John Emburey, former England off-spinner. "It [DRS] has been massive for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot. The system has shown how the ball would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can declare batsmen out," he explained.

Emburey said the DRS has forced batsmen to offer genuine shots against spinners. "What DRS has done is, it has made batsmen play with their bat rather than hide behind the pad. This gives bowlers more chances of edges and catches because they have to play at the ball," he said.

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