Jagmohan Dalmiya says BCCI will accept DRS once it becomes foolproof

Jagmohan Dalmiya said BCCI were not the only cricket board to oppose DRS © IANS

Kolkata: Aug 7, 2013

Recently the International Cricket Council (ICC) was said to have convinced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adapt a tweaked version of Decision Review System (DRS) for bilateral series. However, interim BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has rubbished the claims, stating that India will accept DRS when it becomes foolproof.

“We will accept DRS when technology is foolproof. There’s nothing in between. Full stop,” Dalmiya was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

The ICC has emphatically supported DRS despite the Ashes 2013 revealed flaws surrounding the technology.

“Let them come up with a system which is 100 per cent correct. They couldn’t fix the Duckworth-Lewis problem in 15 years, what guarantee do we have about an error-free DRS? The Duckworth-Lewis method is beyond most of the players and administrators, let alone the common fans.

“I am still trying to figure out how a team total can be increased on basis of projection. The whole process is very complicated and confusing. And rather than solving the riddle, DRS creates more confusion in its present form,” he added.

The DRS was used for the first time in a Test series during India’s tour to Sri Lanka in 2008. The cricketers weren’t satisfied and pleased with the experience and India voted against the technology. BCCI has supported the cricketers since then.

The ICC was unable to make it mandatory in a bilateral series due to the opposition made by BCCI President N Srinivasan. However, with Srinivasan away from action, the ICC thought that they will be able to persuade Dalmiya and the BCCI.

“Before going to the ICC meeting I was a bit iffy as I was told by some quarters that India would be completely isolated on the DRS issue.

“But after I was done with my presentation on that day, there was not a single voice of protest,” he concluded.