A day after Sachin Tendulkar said the umpires’ decision review system (DRS) was good for the game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stuck to its stand of opposing it in its existing form.
“We have been pretty consistent about our stand,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan told HT on Friday. “The BCCI does not accept the ball-tracking system (Hawkeye). And since it is an integral part of the DRS, we oppose that system too.”
The Indian team has consistently opposed the DRS ever since it was experimented with for the first time during India’s three-Test series in Sri Lanka in 2008. After “suffering” a lot in the series, the BCCI has been wary of an “incomplete” system being implemented in bilateral Test series.
The bone of contention is the use of Hot Spot and Snickometer — technological aids that cost around $55,000 (R24.75 lakh) per match day. While broadcasters are reluctant to spend that much, the DRS becomes inconclusive in the absence of these two aids.
When the BCCI recently conveyed its opposition to the DRS for the four-Test series against England, starting next month, to the England and Wales Cricket Board, it re-ignited the debate. Most of the current England stars, including off-spinner Graeme Swann and swing bowler James Anderson, criticised the Indian board’s decision.
With the BCCI opposing the system, it can’t be implemented in the England series according to International Cricket Council regulations. The ICC guidelines say the DRS can be implemented only if both boards involved in the series agree to use it.