New Delhi, June 2: In what could break the hegemony of the West's final say on cricket rules and regulations, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has promised to look into and consider implementing, a new, supposedly fairer method of calculating targets for rain-marred cricket matches.
The "VJD" system as it has been tentatively christened, is the brain-child of a civil engineer from Trishur, Kerala, by the name of V Jayadevan. After several requests to the powers-that-be spanning over a decade, Jayadevan has finally been granted a chance to present his method to the ICC in Hong Kong on June 27.
The 47-year old is naturally overjoyed and gung-ho about delineating the six stipulations for the team batting second, in this deep and complex method. "Instead of one target score table, I could use six tables for different scoring ranges," says Jayadevan who is deputy director (publications division) in the Kerala Engineering Research Institute.
After several letters to the then BCCI went unanswerecd, a "major breakthrough" for Jayadevan came in July 2000 when he, on the invitation of BCCI technical committee chairman Sunil Gavaskar, made a two-hour presentation in Pune. And again at the annual umpires' conference in September. Even criticism from Frank Duckworth himself on the DLM didn't discourage the Indian.
So now with this latest lucky break, India will be holding its breath as the ICC seriously considers the VJD system. How's that for another Indian contribution to cricket?