The ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday admitted that one of the disappointing aspects of year 2011 was not being able to reach a consensus regarding the use of Decision Review System (DRS) for international matches, despite majority of players in favour of technology.
DRS has been the topic debate ever since Australian batsmen Michael Hussey and Ed Cowan were given out by the on-field umpire despite TV replays showing otherwise. Even Zaheer Khan could have got Ricky Ponting leg-before as television replays showed that the batsman was plumb in front.
“... We have not achieved uniformity or consistent application of the Decision Review System (DRS) even though a vast majority of the players would like to have it,” Lorgat was quoted as saying in the ICC media release.
Another major low according to Lorgat was Pakistan trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif being found guilty of spot-fixing.
“A major lowlight would be the sentencing of the three Pakistan players after having been found guilty of spot-fixing.
“It was significant that the independent tribunal banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir from the game for 10, 7 and 5 years, respectively and then later the courts in the United Kingdom finding them guilty of criminal offences and sentencing them to jail terms.”