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Indian Board gets its way on DRS

The International Cricket Council's decision that DRS will no longer be mandatory came after the Executive Board accepted that reliability issues remained about technology and has left it for teams to bilaterally decide on using DRS. HT reports.

cricket Updated: Oct 12, 2011 03:22 IST
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The International Cricket Council has decided the Decision Review System (DRS) will no longer be mandatory. It came after the ICC Executive Board at its meeting in Dubai accepted that reliability issues remained about technology and has left it for teams to bilaterally decide on using DRS.


The decision vindicates the BCCI's opposition to it. The governing body got the BCCI on board while making DRS mandatory in June, although India had refused to accept the HawkEye ball-tracking technology. Even Hot Spot's accuracy was questioned after controversial decisions during India's series in England.

"Although the DRS improves correct umpire decisions by around 5% and corrects any blatant errors, there are some who are not convinced by its reliability," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said. However, the DRS would be used in all ICC global events. Lorgat also told reporters: "This decision is a recognition that Hot Spot was not as reliable as we'd have liked it to be."

Possible delay

The ICC plans to stage a Test Championship in 2013 has also hit a financial roadblock. The plan to stage the event in England, involving the top four Test teams, cannot happen without the consent of its broadcast partner, ESPN Star Sports.

"It would be unfortunate if Test Championship is delayed to '17 but the board needs to balance objectives," Lorgat said.