Dubai, Oct 11: ICC has ended the mandatory use of Decision Review System. Now it will be upto both teams to mutually agree on DRS use. The decision marks a turnaround in the agreement reached between the ICC and its member boards at the annual conference in Hong Kong, where Hot Spot was made mandatory subject to availability and the use of ball-tracking was left to the playing boards to decide.
"Although the DRS improves correct umpire decisions by around five per cent and corrects any blatant errors, there are some who are not convinced by its reliability," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said in a release. "We will continue to work with interested parties to improve the system while permitting the participating teams to decide whether they wish to use it or not."
The change in the regulations followed the BCCI's criticism of Hot Spot during India's series in England. At the board's annual general meeting last month, president N Srinivasan said the current technology was simply not good enough after Hot Spot proved inconclusive on a few occasions on the tour, and that the board would raise the issue at the next ICC meeting.
"We did not believe in the ball-tracking technology at all. But the BCCI is not averse to technology," Srinivasan said. "So therefore, at the last meeting of the ICC in Hong Kong, we agreed to a minimum usage of DRS including Hot Spot. At the time, we were under the impression that Hot Spot was very good. It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of Hot Spot, it was there for everybody to see.
"The BCCI will, at the next ICC meeting, raise the issue. We want to revisit it because we feel that Hot Spot is insufficient. We do not wish to use the DRS in its present form, even in its minimum standard."
However, the ICC's executive board said the DRS would still be used in all ICC global events and that they support the use of technology and would continue to work on its development.