BCCI's stance on DRS unchanged

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Published: Monday, June 25, 2012, 16:39 [IST]
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BCCI's stance on DRS unchanged

NewDelhi, Jun 25: Despite International Cricket Council's recommendation on mandatory use of Decision Review System in all Tests and One-day Internationals a year after they were made optional on India's request, BCCI confirmed that their stance on DRS remains unchanged.

Also Read: ICC CEC recommends mandatory use of DRS

Adamant on their stance, BCCI issued an official statement stating that the decision on DRS taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India remains unchanged.

"This is with reference to the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 24 and 25 June 2012. We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI's stance on the same is unchanged," said a BCCI release on Monday.

The release added; "The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof. The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series."

BCCI's statement comes in the wake of CEC, recommending the use of DRS in Tests and ODIs, after ICC were convinced with the reliability of DRS, which incorporates ball-tracking and hotspot thermal imaging.

"We have made good progress in independently testing ball-tracking and the new enhancements have resulted in the CEC (Chief Executives' Committee) unanimously supporting the ICC Cricket Committee's recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

With the recommendation to use the Review System, provided all the host countries can afford the equipment, will now be considered by the ICC Board during the meeting scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.

This move by ICC comes a day after Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore slammed the absence of DRS in the on-going Pakistan and Sri Lanka Test series which has witnessed more around 10 controversial decisions going in favour of the host country.

With BCCI's stance unchanged, it remains to be seen if the International Cricket Council imposes this on the series featuring India as well as BCCI has the lion's share of global cricket revenues.


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