In what will be a shot in the arm for the backers of the use of technology in decision making in cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to embrace the Decision Review System sometime during the long home season.
It’s a bit early to say whether it will be in place for the India versus England series, but HT can confirm that discussions are on with the BCCI over the use of DRS.
So far, the BCCI has not been convinced about the technology being foolproof but with the tech-savvy Anil Kumble as India coach and chairman of the ICC’s Cricket Committee, BCCI seems to have become more positive towards DRS.
During the Kolkata Test against New Zealand, India captain Virat Kohli had spoken positively about the review system. Last year, in his capacity as the ICC Cricket Committee chief Kumble had also visited the MIT laboratory to monitor the progress on the much talked about ball tracking and Hawk Eye technologies.
Further to its effort to convince the BCCI, ICC’s GM (cricket) Geoff Allardice is coming to India, along with representatives from Hawk Eye, for a meeting with the BCCI officials and Kumble.
An ICC spokesperson though said the chances of DRS during the England series, starting November were remote. But, sometime during this long home season, India is likely to try it.
“The ICC has not been advised that DRS will be used in the India versus England matches, so until further notice is received from the BCCI/ECB, the ICC is assuming there will be no DRS,” an ICC spokesperson said.
“The meeting next week is to discuss the recommendations from the DRS technology testing project (conducted by MIT engineers), along with improvements in Hawk Eye ball-tracking technology that have been introduced over recent years,” the spokesperson added.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shrike said: “Nothing has been decided yet. It has to be agreed with the touring side and should be there in the playing conditions.”
It is ironical that Kumble is being seen as the key man to convince the Indian cricket board, because it was during his time as captain that he had given it the thumbs down after a torrid first experience.
India was the first country along with Sri Lanka to try DRS way back in 2008.