ICC should've tried the Jayadevan method: Gavaskar

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Published: Sunday, June 3, 2012, 16:41 [IST]
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Gavaskar blasts ICC for rejecting VJD

New Delhi, Jun 3: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for retaining the Duckworth/Lewis rule for rain-affected matches and rejecting an alternative suggestion by an Indian engineer, V. Jayadevan.

Cricket's world governing body on Friday said it would continue to follow the rule devised by Englishmen Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, as the alternative method suggested by engineer Jayadevan failed to offer any further improvements.

Gavaskar said the ICC should have atleast given a trial to Jayadevan's method of determining revised targets in limited-overs formats. "In all fairness ICC should have tried the Jayadevan method for a year, like they do with trial laws, and then decided," Gavaskar wrote in his column for an Indian newspaper on Sunday.

Following a recommendation from Gavaskar himself, the so-called VJD system has been used in Indian domestic matches since 2007. Jayadevan, an engineer from Kerala, has spent a decade working on his system.

The ICC's cricket committee said it had studied the VJD system throughly but found zero evidence of any defects in the current D/L method, which was first introduced internationally in 1996.

Gavaskar also took a dig at the Indian media for failing to follow Jayadevan. "Unfortunately, the Indian media was busy with the IPL (Indian Premier League)," the batting legend wrote.


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