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Ravi Shastri: BCCI not opposed to DRS; want technology to be consistent

Ravi Shastri said that it was a myth that the BCCI and India are opposed to DRS © Getty Images
Ravi Shastri said that it was a myth that the BCCI and India are opposed to DRS © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 8, 2014

Ravi Shastri said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was not against the Decision Review System (DRS). Neither England nor India would be able to challenge controversial decisions as the five-match Test series that starts in Nottingham on Wednesday, would be run without the DRS. The DRS is applicable for all International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments but in bilateral series it depends on the two participating boards.

India have been a strong critic of the DRS and have always opposed it. This series also is the first between the two cricket superpowers after the formal takeover of the ICC by cricket’s ‘Big Three’ — India, England and Australia.

Former India spinner Shastri, a member of the ICC’s cricket committee, insisted that it is a myth that BCCI is always opposed to the DRS.

“It’s just a myth that the BCCI and India are opposed to DRS. They want technology to be consistent,” Shastri was quoted as saying by South African news agency SAPA.

Shastri feels it is the third umpire, and not the players, who should be making the decision.

“I want it taken away from the players. Let the third umpire do it — give him the technology that works,” said Shastri, BCCI’s leading television commentator.

Shastri wondered why there are just two unsuccessful reviews every 80 overs of a Test innings.

“Why have only two reviews? It shouldn’t be a case of you having no reviews left and the Test match ending with an even bigger howler,” he said.

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