Ganguly backs BCCI decision to not use DRS

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 12:28 [IST]
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Ganguly backs decision to not use DRS

Melbourne, Dec 28: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said that the Decision Review System (DRS) is flawed and there was nothing wrong on the Indian Cricket Board's part in refusing to use the controversial technology.

Ganguly, who had played the series against Sri Lanka in 2008 when the DRS was first used on trial basis, said that the problems of the technology were extremely obvious as India could manage to get only one of their 20 referrals right.

"We had a terrible experience with that, in that first series in Sri Lanka. From that point of view, we had our issues," said Ganguly.

The BCCI has always been against the DRS and its concerns increased during this year's tied World Cup match against England when an lbw appeal and then a referral against Ian Bell was rejected.

While a Hawk-Eye replay showed that the delivery would have hit the stumps, the Indians were incensed when the referral was quashed on the grounds Bell had been struck more than 2 metres from the stumps, the distance at which the technology wanes and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Even during the mid-year Test series in England, Rahul Dravid thrice found himself on the wrong end of contentious
video replays.

"It (DRS) should be introduced if it's correct. We were in England in the summer and it wasn't foolproof," Ganguly was quoted as saying in the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

India agreed to use a modified DRS, excluding lbw appeals, against England but choose to oppose it completely along with Hot Spot and Eagle Eye for the ongoing four-match Test series in Australia.

Mike Hussey (0) and Ed Cowan (68) fell to controversial decisions on the opening day of the first Test on Tuesday and since then voices in Australia have been growing in bashing the BCCI for rejecting the system.


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