BCCI to oppose Hot Spot technology in upcoming ICC meet

Rahul Dravid was controversially given out on a few occasions in the Test series against England Getty Images

Mumbai: Sep 19, 2011

Raising the ante against the controversial Decision Review System in the aftermath of the incidents on the recent England tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to oppose the ‘Hot Spot’ technology too along with the ball tracking system which it has consistently been against.

“We were extremely reluctant to implement the DRS and had no belief in the ball tracking system. BCCI is not averse to technology and agreed to a minimum usage of DRS including ‘Hot Spot’ at the last ICC meeting in Hong Kong,” said N Srinivasan after taking over the reins of the BCCI from Shashank Manohar.

“We were under the impression that ‘Hot Spot’ was very good. It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of ‘Hot Spot”. It was there for everybody to see.

“The BCCI will raise this issue at the next ICC meeting. We want to revisit it as we feel ‘Hot Spot’ is insufficient technology and therefore we would request (ICC) that it be revised. This is the position we will take”, said Srinivasan at the media conference after the Board’s 82nd AGM where he took over as its President.

“At the last meeting Mr Manohar had opposed DRS before laying down office and at the next meeting I will do it,” he added.

The BCCI’s ire on DRS has increased following the controversial dismissals of India’s mainstay on the tour, Rahul Dravid, through ‘Hot Spot’.

In an another incident, V V S Laxman was declared not out by this technology only for former England captain Michael Vaughan to question the batsman’s integrity by accusing him of having used Vaseline on the bat’s edges to beat ‘Hot Spot’ technology.(PTI)