We showed how HotSpot failed during India's tour of England: Srinivasan

N Srinivasan said BCCI is not at all the bullies of world cricket AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Oct 17, 2011

The new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief, N Srinivasan said the Indian board made a presentation to the other member boards of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to show how HotSpot had failed during India’s tour of England and got them convinced to make the DRS optional.

“The BCCI takes positions based not just on its own interests but also on its view on cricket,” he said.

“In England, everyone could see the problems with HotSpot, so we took the matter up again. We made a presentation of the decisions that clearly showed that Hot Spot was lacking accuracy. That is what convinced the members to revert to an optional DRS.”

The BCCI during its presentation showed eight correct decisions using the Hot Spot technology and also eight errors to make its point about the technology not being close to the 100% accuracy that is sought of the DRS.

“We are not at all the bullies of world cricket,” Srinivasan said in an interview to NDTV.

“But on the contrary we go out of our way to assist other member nations. It’s difficult to dispel the notion that we are [bullies] because it is constantly referred to, but it is not a fact.”

He reiterated the fact that India are playing the same amount of cricket as all other countries and there is no base to the argument of excessive cricket.

“If we had won on the England tour no-one would have brought up the packed schedule,” he said.

“It was a tour where we had bad luck. A number of players got injured during matches. Also, cricketers are highly paid professionals and are expected to take care of themselves.”

“The board would look at the schedule again, critically to see if anything can be done but I don’t accept the criticism that there is too much cricket being played.”

“It’s not so much the IPL and the Champions League, we have now got one ICC event every year … on the whole it is a crowded calendar.”

Srinivasan denied the fact that BCCI is solely into to money making and should be taxed.

“We are not a profit-driven organisation. As a professional, I would naturally like to get the best value for the product I have. So why would I sell my media rights short? Only to that extent do we run as a business.

“Beyond that all the income we have is applied to cricketing activities: 26% goes back to the players, we spend on infrastructure, 70% of our income goes to the state cricketing associations and we also give them subsidies to build stadiums, plus the National Cricket Academy has a budget of 10 crores every year.

“So, the 190 crores is a surplus, not a profit. By our own charter we have to spend 85% of the money we make in a year on cricket activities. If we don’t we can keep it in a fund but that needs to be spent in five years.

“If you take the number of venues we have in our country as compared to the population and size, we should have many more stadiums. It may cost thousands of crores of rupees to have all these built and the benefit of tax exemption is this can be done quickly and cricket can be taken to all parts of India.”