The ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, on Saturday admitted that there are technical problems with the Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS), which will not be used in the Test series between India and the West Indies.
The BCCI has strongly opposed the decision review system, saying it is not foolproof. Lorgat, however, said the world body is pretty satisfied with UDRS, which has been recommended by ICC’s cricket committee for all Test matches. Lorgat said the decision to make UDRS mandatory for all Test matches would be take by the ICC Board.
“We are very satisfied with the way UDRS, which is pioneering technology, has progressed. No one doubts that it has helped raise the percentage of correct decisions — by more than five per cent from about 92 per cent to more than 97 per cent — and crucially it has removed the obvious umpiring errors. Even though such errors are rare, thanks to the high level of performance by our elite umpires, they can and do occur from time to time,” Lorgat said.
“At present there are practical issues with the availability of technology and hence it is up to the respective boards to decide if they wish to use UDRS in any given series,” he said.
Lorgat also said the criticisms directed at ICC over their decision to limit the number of teams for World Cup, from 14 to 10, was understandable. “As previously announced, the Board will revisit the decisions made surrounding the composition of the ICC World Cup 2015 when it next meets at Hong Kong in June,” he said.