BCCI threaten to terminate FTP agreement if forced to use DRS in bilateral series'

The BCCI has objected to the DRS for a long time, but it is being used at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 © Getty Images (Representation Pic)

Mumbai: Jun 13, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) staunch opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS) is unmoved. Reports suggest that they threatened to “unilaterally” terminate the Future Tours Programme (FTP) if the system is enforced in a bilateral series involving India.

Mail Today reported that a few documents of the ICC suggest that the BCCI President N Srinivasan said that the DRS could be a part of the reason if India do not stick to the FTP agreement.

According to the document, “Mr. Srinivasan explained that the BCCI’s position was that it wished to retain the right to unilaterally terminate the FTP agreement: (a) in the event of certain financial or structural changes emanating from the implementation of certain recommendations from the Woolf Report; and (b) should it be required to use DRS in any bilateral matches.”

The FTP stipulates the tours for each country over an eight year period, so that there is a balance and the teams face each other evenly at home and away. The current FTP started from 2012 and ends in 2020.

Currently, the DRS is being used in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.