By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Dec 21, 2011
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to use the Feroze Shah Kotla ODI of 2009 against Sri Lanka to form base for its opposition of the controversial Umpire's Decision Review System (DRS).
The BCCI had denied using the technology all together in the upcoming Australian Series.
The Kotla match was abandoned and the ground was banned of holding any international matches for one year, after Sri Lanka's Thilina Kandamby had noted the umpires about the pitch. Also, a delivery off Ashish Nehra during the ninth over of the match made Tillakaratne Dilshan crash down on the ground. He was later provided with medical aid.
ICC Match referee Alan Hurst of Australia later abandoned the match.
“The BCCI is of the form view that DRS technology can't judge accurately the bounce as it varies from pitch to pitch and even on a single pitch. This was amply evident during the Delhi ODI when the ball behaved differently after pitching and injured a couple of Sri Lankan batsmen,” a top official of BCCI told Mail Today.
“The BCCI is of the view that DRS technology can't judge accurately the bounce as it varies from pitch to pitch and even on a single pitch. This was amply evident during the Delhi ODI when the ball behaved differently after pitching and injured a couple of Sri Lankan batsmen,” he also mentioned.
In September, BCCI had made it clear that DRS in its current form is unacceptable to the cricket board and they will raise this issue in the upcoming ICC (International Cricket Council) meetings.
"Initially, we were reluctant to use the DRS as we didn't have faith in Ball Tracking technology. After the series against England it has been evident that even Hot Spot is not fully accurate", N Srinivisan said.
"We have decided not to use DRS in its current form. The outgoing president Shashank Manohar had raised this issue at the earlier ICC meetings and I will also raise in the future meetings," Srinivasan said when he took over as the BCCI president.
BCCI chose to use HotSpot during the four-match Test series in England. The HotSpot shows the ball on the pad and bat impact. The fee of using two Hotspot cameras is about $12-15,000 per day which the host team pays.
Meanwhile, Channel Nine of Australia will still be using DRS along with HotSpot for its viewers.
Brad McNamara, the executive producer of Channel Nine said, “If India get a couple of rough ones through the summer, they might all of a sudden become a fan of DRS. It's hard to explain to the viewers why DRS is on in one series but not in the next in the one summer in Australia.”