Fleming welcomes India's decision on UDRS

CSK coach Stephen Fleming Fleming is of a view that UDRS was still not foolproof and all nations need to join hands and help the ICC to make it better Getty Images

New Delhi: Jun 27, 2011

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming welcomed India’s decision to embrace the Decision Review System (DRS) in a modified form, saying all cricket playing nations had to accept the use of technology sooner than later.

“It is a situation where we have to come. We had to accept it (DRS) one day. The use of technology has become a must in modern day cricket,” Fleming told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional programme which was also attended by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground here.

Abandoning its rigid stand, the BCCI agreed to the mandatory use of the controversial DRS in a modified version in all international matches during the ongoing ICC Annual Conference in Hong Kong.

The modified version, which was unanimously approved by the ICC’s chief executives’ committee on the second day of the conference, would have Hot Spot technology but without the Hawk Eye ball-tracker, which means that the LBW decisions would not be within the purview of the DRS.

Fleming, however, was of the view that UDRS was still not foolproof and all the cricket playing nations need to join hands and help the ICC in this regard.

“The technology is there to get rid of bad decisions. But there are some aspects which is not acceptable to some of the boards. It (UDRS) is a compromise until all the countries are totally convinced about it,” the Chennai Super Kings coach said.

“We have to work together along with the ICC to make sure that the decisions are fair,” Fleming said.

The BCCI has already agreed to the modified version of UDRS, saying it was never against the use of technology but what it wanted was a fool-proof system.

“The BCCI is not against UDRS but it is not acceptable in the present form. We have said earlier that if the Hot Spot and Snickometer is added we have no problems,” BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said.

“The BCCI secretary (N Srinivasan) and President (Shashank Manohar) has made it clear in the ICC meeting in Hong Kong that unless these two things are added, it is not acceptable to us in bilateral series and the ICC has also supported out stand.

“In international tournaments conducted by ICC, the UDRS system is already there and BCCI has accepted it. But in bilateral series the decision should be left to the two playing nations,” he added.

During the CEC, the ICC also approved the usage of two new balls per innings – one from each end – in one-day internationals from October 1.

Asked Fleming about the move, he said, “It will be really helpful for the bowlers in friendly places like New Zealand and England. But the regulation still needs to be worked upon.”