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'BCCI showed how HotSpot failed during Eng tour'

cricket Updated: Oct 17, 2011 21:05 IST

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The BCCI has made a presentation to the other member boards of the ICC on the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) to show how HotSpot technology had failed during India's tour of England, said president N Srinivasan.

He said the Indian board convinced the other member boards to end the mandatory use of DRS in international cricket and make it optional.

"The BCCI takes positions based not just on its own interests but also on its view on cricket. In England, everyone could see the problems with Hot Spot, so we took the matter up again. We made a presentation of the decisions that clearly showed that Hot Spot was lacking accuracy. That is what convinced the members to revert to an optional DRS," Srinivasan said.

In its executive board meeting in Dubai last week, the ICC had reversed its earlier decision of making the DRS mandatory by leaving its use subject to bilateral agreements between the participating boards.

The ICC's decision was a reversal from the agreement reached between the world body and its member boards at the annual conference in Hong Kong, when Hot Spot was made mandatory subject to its availability, though the use of ball-tracking was left to the playing boards to decide.

In England, Hot Spot failed on more than one occasion, with Rahul Dravid falling victim three times. Another controversy erupted when former England captain Mike Atherton alleged that VVS Laxman might have used Vaseline on the edge of his bat to avoid detection by the technology.

Srinivasan reiterated that the BCCI remained unconvinced about Hot Spot and that it was not a bully of world cricket.

"We are not at all the bullies of world cricket... but on the contrary we go out of our way to assist other member nations. It's difficult to dispel the notion that we are (bullies) because it is constantly referred to, but it is not a fact," he told NDTV.