'UDRS not on the cards now': BCCI

Published: Friday, October 8, 2010, 11:59 [IST]
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BCCI remains defiant on UDRS

The Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has firmly opposed the introduction of the umpire decision review system(USRS) despite some tight decisions by the umpires in the nail-biting first Test match between India and Australia in Mohali Test.

Most of the Indian players appear to have become more open to the concept, but BCCI Secretary N. Srinivasan told Fox Sports that prospects of India using the system are not on the cards now.

Even Australian captain who believes that the DRS system is definitely going to help umpires with better decisions if applied has given indirect suggestions to the board to re-think on application of the technology.

"Umpires are human beings and they can make errors. Rather than stressing on the wrong decisions given, we should be happy that India has won the Test match. As of now, I can tell you that we are not thinking about using the (system) for the New Zealand series (which follows the series against Australia)," Srinivasan said.

The decision reviews will be employed on the subcontinent at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, but the system will remain a sporadic part of international cricket with continuous opposition by the Indian cricket officials.

The system of decision reviews permits the teams to have two appeals per innings.

This took place during the Mohali Test when umpire Billy Bowden checked on a possible no ball off the bowling of Indian pacer Ishant Sharma after Michael Clarke was caught at short mid-wicket.

But playing conditions of the series do not permit referrals on lbws or edges.

"I mean, if the technology is available, you can give it to the umpires so that they can use it," said Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match.


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