BCCI not convinced about UDRS application

Published: Friday, August 6, 2010, 12:05 [IST]
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BCCI not okay with UDRS

The BCCI is not convinced about using the UDRS that is quite expensive and they believe it is not 100 per cent foolproof.

The controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) costs approximately $56,000 per match day.

"We are not convinced about the UDRS and whether the system is foolproof. We discussed with the ICC too in the last meeting. It is the judgment of one (system) against the other (the umpire). Take the case of a leg before decision. The bounce on a cricket pitch always varies. It is not always the same. Similarly, in case there's a spinner on, the spin may vary, even the pace of the ball. We are not convinced if the UDRS can take all of this into account," BCCI president Shashank Manohar said according to TOI report.

"There is absolutely no pressure on us to use the system. As I said, the costs are very high. At $56,000 (Rs 25 lakh) per match day, a five-match series will cost close to Rs 1.25 crore. Even if the BCCI can afford it, what about other Boards? What about Bangladesh or West Indies?" says Manohar.

BCCI's opinion is the same as that of Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian batsman has already said on record that he is not convinced about the UDRS. "When I was here (in Sri Lanka) last time I was not convinced with many decisions. I did not feel comfortable. I would rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. That it is a far better system according to me," said Tendulkar.

Cost wise, Hot Spot is far cheaper too. Using infra-red technology to determine if the ball has struck the bat, pad or batsman, it costs approximately $10,000 per match day for a four-camera set up and is certainly being seen as something more reliable.


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