India's no to DRS might create controversies

Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 15:12 [IST]
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No DRS might create controversies

Melbourne, Dec 21: Baffled by India's rejection of the Decision review System for the upcoming Tests against Australia, host broadcasters fear any contentious umpiring calls might snowball into major controversies during the series.

India refused the use of DRS during the four-Test series starting on Monday despite the fact that the furore during their previous trip here was triggered by controversial umpiring decisions.

"We are not really sure what they are basing that on. There are different types of the technology around the world, some of it is not as accurate as others," the executive producer of host broadcaster's cricket coverage, Brad McNamara, told a leading daily.

I just hope they are not basing their judgements on the inferior technology instead of the good one. We put a lot of time, effort and money into making it as accurate as possible. We are fairly certain we are using the best technology available," he added.

McNamara said India might regret the decision if they are at the receiving end of contentious calls.

"If India get a couple of rough ones through the summer, they might all of a sudden become a fan of the DRS. It is a bit confusing," he said.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur had on Tuesday stated that he wanted technology to be used during the series.

"I have been in favour of it, I always have been," Arthur said.

Echoing his views was Cricket Australia spokesman Peter Young, who said, "Our view is well documented, we are a supporter of DRS. It was discussed. But the ICCs policy is very clear: for any individual tour, you need both nations to agree."

India have been strongly opposing DRS, insisting that the system is not reliable.


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