ICC admits "minute errors" in DRS

Published: Monday, September 5, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Dubai, Sep 5: Amid a debate over the use of Decision Review System following Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni questioning its accuracy, the ICC has acknowledged that "minute number of errors" in DRS have been detected with the world body monitoring it closely.

Dhoni had questioned the accuracy of DRS after Rahul Dravid was controversially given out despite television replays not showing any edge off the bat during his side's first ODI against England at Chester-le-Street on Sep 3.

The ICC said it has been monitoring the accuracy of ball-tracking and all decisions whether referred or not under the DRS and it has revealed "a minute number of errors in technology and that technology is not always conclusive".

"The ICC today re-iterated that it has always, and will continue to, monitor the accuracy of ball-tracking and all decisions whether referred or not under the DRS," the ICC said in a statement on Sep 4.

"Following criticism of the DRS in some areas of the media, David Richardson, ICC General Manager  Cricket, re-affirmed that every decision made in Test match and ODI cricket is monitored at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai," it said.

Richardson said that in the vast majority of cases an incorrect decision can be - and has been - rectified.

"The purpose of the DRS is to get as many decisions correct as possible. The statistics show that, with the full DRS in operation, the number of correct decisions rises to almost 98 per cent and that is what we must focus on," Richardson said.

"Even if it is possible only to reach 98 per cent that has to be better than the average achieved without DRS of around 93 per cent," he said.


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