Cricket Australia chairman compares India's stance over DRS to discussion on Syria

India have strongly resisted the use of the DRS because of their senior players’ doubts over its accuracy Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff


Sydney: Jul 10, 2012

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards has compared discussion with India over the Decision Review System (DRS) with discussion between USA, Russia and China over Syria.

“You have to respect that they have views. We can’t just steamroll them, we’re not in a position to,” Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Edwards was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed to the mandatory use of DRS.

“They’re a member of the ICC like we are or England are and we can only achieve what we can achieve. It’s a bit like Russia and the USA in the United Nations, and China. You can achieve what you can achieve but it takes diplomacy. We can’t move India. India have to move themselves. We can advise them that we want to use DRS but as it currently stands they’ve got the right to say, ‘No, we don’t want to use it.”

India have strongly resisted the use of the DRS because of their senior players’ doubts over its accuracy and it was not used when the two teams met in England last summer.

International Cricket Council (ICC) will be sending a delegation to India to show the research on ball-tracking by Dr Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology, after the BCCI objection resulted in the DRS being not put to a vote at the Executive Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur last month.

“Hopefully that will help convince them that there is sufficient accuracy in the system. The fundamental reason India don’t support it is they don’t believe it,” Edwards said.

“Obviously India are a major, major power. The reason that cricket is so healthy in the world and that we’ve got 105 nations in the ICC getting paid money every year to help develop cricket is because of India. We have to respect the fact that India are a major generator of our revenues and that is a fact.” Edwards concluded.