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Next ICC chief backs BCCI on DRS issue

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2011 19:31 IST

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Criticised by former and current international players for being resistant to full use of the Decision Review System (DRS), the BCCI has found backing from the ICC president-in-waiting Alan Isaac, who feels that the technology of the referral system was not foolproof.

New Zealander Isaac, current ICC vice president and who will take over the presidency from Sharad Pawar next year, backed the BCCI's stance on the DRS, saying he too, was not convinced that the technology works "well enough".

The BCCI has expressed its reservations over the ball tracking (Hawke Eye) technology used for LBW decisions, saying it is not foolproof and Isaac felt the Indian board was "right".

"In my experience, they (BCCI) are very decent to work with. Around the DRS for example, the media have tended to give (India) the blame as to why the DRS is not being implemented, but it's not only them. I personally am not convinced the technology works well enough, so we've got to do something about that," Isaac was quoted as saying by 'Southland Times'.

The BCCI, the other member boards and the ICC reached a compromise at the world body's annual conference in Hong Kong earlier this year, making the use of ball tracking optional for each series, while agreeing to use Hot Spot for every international game, subject to availability.

Isaac also claimed the BCCI was right about many issues concerning cricket, but divergent views in the media tend to give the impression that they are muscle-flexing and difficult to work with.

"Often when (India) hold a view, they are right, but various parts of the media have a different view, whether you're Geoff Boycott or whatever. So this perception has built up that A, (India) are hard to deal with and B, they control world cricket. But in fact they are good to work with and on the DRS I actually think they are right," he said.