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UDRS debate has not soured relations with BCCI: ICC

india Updated: Mar 05, 2011 13:18 IST
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday admitted a "difference of opinion" with the Indian board on the controversial Umpire Decision Review System but denied it has soured their relationship.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains a steadfast opponent of the UDRS system, which made its World Cup debut in the sub-continent.

Infuriated by Ian Bell's apparent let-off for lbw in the tied India v England match, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan wrote an angry letter to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday, saying the incident exposed the inadequacy of the system.

Lorgat, however, denied the governing body has fallen out with the world's richest, and most influential, cricket board.

"Not at all," Lorgat told reporters in Chennai.

"We share an excellent relationship with the BCCI. We have to accept that there will be difference of opinions from time to time but we are mature enough to work through those," Lorgat said.

The ICC official said he was "disappointed" by the BCCI letter of complaint, much of which was based on an "inaccurate" report.

The UDRS allows each team the right to question at least two decisions which go against it during an innings. A "third umpire" uses the technology to determine if the on-field officials were correct.

Lorgat conceded the UDRS was not foolproof.

"My understanding is that it's a work in progress. We would continually work with the technology providers ... to try and improve it all the time.

"We are aware that there is limited availability of Hot Spot (cameras which provide a reliable image of the ball's contact with bat or pad).

"In spite of its absence, we have got something like a five percent improvement in correct decision-making. I believe one cannot ignore that."

Bell was caught on his pads with a ball which the technology predicted would have hit the wicket but was reprieved by a rule which refers the decision back to the onfield umpire if the player is more than 2.5 metres from the stumps.