Despite the flaws in the Decision Review System that have been revealed during an Ashes series full of umpiring controversies,the International Cricket Council (ICC) has continued to back the system vociferously. Also read: Clarke defends players,KP ‘infuriated’ after silicone allegations
A recent report,in fact,has claimed that the ICC has made progress in convincing the hitherto sceptical Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to accept a modfied version of DRS during bilateral series involving India. Interim BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya,however,rubbishes these claims.
We will accept DRS when technology is foolproof. Theres nothing in between. Full stop, Dalmiya said. Let them come up with a system which is 100 per cent correct. They couldnt fix the Duckworth-Lewis problem in 15 years,what guarantee do we have about an error-free DRS? The Duckworth-Lewis method is beyond most of the players and administrators,let alone the common fans. I am still trying to figure out how can a team total be increased on basis of projection. The whole process is very complicated and confusing. And rather than solving the riddle,DRS creates more confusion in its present form. Also read: Men have failed the machine
India were part of the first-ever Test series involving DRS,on their tour to Sri Lanka in 2008. But their players werent happy with the experience,and almost the entire team voted against the system. Ever since then,the BCCI has supported the players. Also read: ICC dismisses reports on investigation into players
BCCIs president-in-exile N Srinivasans opposition to DRS was one of the main reasons why the ICC failed to make it mandatory in all bilateral series. With Srinivasan watching from the sidelines,a section of the ICC and at least one cricket board tried to persuade Dalmiya to take a soft-line approach when he attended the parent boards Annual Conference held in London this June. Also read: Umpire strikes back
Indian boards stance
According to a BCCI official,the world body and its allies on DRS were categorically told that the BCCI would only discuss the issue when the system became free of controversy.
Before going to the ICC meeting I was a bit iffy as I was told by some quarters that India would be completely isolated on the DRS issue, said Dalmiya. But after I was done with my presentation on that day,there was not a single voice of protest.