The Indian cricket board has sprung to the support of skipper MS Dhoni over his strong comments slamming the Umpire Review System.
On Wednesday, the BCCI fired off a letter the International Cricket Council (ICC), objecting to its General Manager David Richarson’s criticism of Dhoni in the media. It has asked the ICC to instruct the former South Africa player from making such comments.
“The BCCI takes strong objection to Mr. David Richardson criticising the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Richardson’s comment that the Indian captain should know the rule is out of place,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
“For (an) ICC representative to criticise a player for his post-match press conference while the World Cup is being played tantamounts to pressurising the player. Mr Richardson has no right to do so,” he said.
That the Indian board and its national captain don’t think much about the DRS is no secret. India have refused to use the system for bilateral games saying the technology did not give a decisive verdict. To top it, the company which owns Hot Spot refused to give that crucial DRS technology back up for the World Cup.
Dhoni criticised the DRS technology after England batsman Ian Bell was controversially ruled not out, following an Indian referral for leg before.
Bell was not given out despite the hawk-eye showing the ball would have hit the stumps because the impact was 2.5m (too far) away. Dhoni termed it ‘adulteration’ of technology with human judgement. Speaking to a news channel, Richardson said Dhoni would not have not made his comments if he was aware of the rules.
The letter also pointed out that BCCI was opposed to UDRS as it was not convinced the technology was adequate and that was being exposed in the World Cup.
Srinivasan wrote: “A presentation made by Hawk Eye to BCCI where S. Venkatraghavan, former international umpire and director of umpires, BCCI was present, was not convincing and the suppliers of the technology themselves felt “a leap of faith” was necessary in order to accept the system.”
Kapil bats for Dhoni
Former India skipper Kapil Dev was not entirely opposed to DRS but questioned the idea of allowing the final decision to rest with the on-field umpire if the evidence was inconclusive.
“When the review has been asked for, and after using technology to verify it, resting the final decision on the on-field umpire misses the point. For me, the third umpire has to take the final call and convey it to the on-field umpire. I’ve spoken to Dhoni, and he isn’t convinced about it, but that is his opinion, and he is entitled to it.”