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Updated: May 18, 2011 23:07 IST

It is time BCCI stops objecting to ICC decisions

Makrand Waingankar
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Makarand Waingankar
Makarand Waingankar

No other member country has taken the route that BCCI is taking with UDRS, writes Makarand Waingankar

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is a professional body and is expected to have a professional approach while dealing with issues so that the show is run smoothly and efficiently.

One aspect it has not been able to resolve is the UDRS. Except India all member countries have accepted the UDRS but the BCCI refuses to budge.

The Cricket Committee of ICC chaired by the legendary Clive Lloyd took a decision that the UDRS will be mandatory for international matches.

India's representative Ravi Shastri attended the meeting. It's not known whether he recorded his dissent.

Funnily when the Technical Committee of the BCCI, which was chaired by Sunil Gavaskar, met in Chennai in the first week of December last year never discussed the UDRS issue, it is ambiguous which committee of the BCCI has objection to UDRS?

The Technical Committee had also recommended the VJD method developed by V. Jayadevan instead of the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method for IPL but that recommendation was not accepted.

And now Jayadevan has been invited by the ICC to make a presentation at their Hong Kong meeting.

A few years ago BCCI objected to international T20 matches. Reluctantly India played the T20 World Championship, won it and now the same format is being encouraged by the BCCI within the country.

Contentious issues

There are certain contentious issues regarding implementation of the UDRS but those can be addressed only after applying it.

Earlier the Cricket Committee of ICC chaired by Gavaskar had made some radical changes in the rules of the game.

Some worked, some didn't, but no member country has taken the route that BCCI is taking with UDRS.

Let's take the case of day-night Test matches. The BCCI did organise a day-night Ranji Trophy final at Gwalior. There were loads of technical and health issues and the concept was quickly discarded.

There would be a dinner past midnight and players would skip breakfast because they would wake up late and they would eat a mini lunch at 11 a.m. because the game was to start at 2-30 in the afternoon.

The players, media and officials went through this crazy schedule. And now we are talking about having a day-night Test match!

Let the ICC instruct all member countries to conduct its first class matches under lights for two years.

The findings of the experiment would indicate whether it is worthwhile having day-night Test matches.

The field survey is more important than the presentations some member countries are making.

Why isn't BCCI's Technical Committee meeting being convened to discuss issues which its representative could take up with ICC's Cricket Committee?

Objecting to everything that is decided by the ICC's Cricket Committee has damaged India's reputation.

There is a limit to which one member country can flex its financial muscle to get what one wants. It's time BCCI stops objecting publicly to the decisions of the ICC especially when Sharad Pawar is the President of the ICC.

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I totally second Sanjay! For a change, the BCCI is doing just the right thing with UDRS - going by its players. It is standing by the national players who saw some PREPOSTEROUS decisions in the ODI World Cup 2011 league games. In its present form it is a shady system which can be an additional factor for teams to deal with RATHER THAN technology to improve decision making. Well done BCCI.

from:  Sharan
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011 at 21:18 IST

I don't understand why some of the Indian players have a problem with UDRS. They keep on coming with the statements that its not fool proof. I just want to ask are the umpiring decisions fool proof ? I think BCCI needs to realise that whenever UDRS has been used in test matches it has been extremely successful, take Ashes 2010 for example. I am not sure why the ICC needs to listen to BCCI to formulate this rule and why are we even entertaining such apprehensions from Indian Players.

from:  Kaysean
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011 at 17:45 IST

A sensible and very well written article! Thanks for expressing the views of lots of cricket lovers. The attitude and high handedness of the BCCI in dealing with things it does not like is very shameful. The ICC cannot be held hostage by one member board when almost other all full member countries consider this a good experiment to take the game further. For all its shortcomings, the UDRS has helped get more decisions correct and this is the only thing that should matter. No one is bigger than the game and the apprehension of a few top players should not hamper the growth and development of the game. I hope the BCCI acts with greater responsibility as a guardian of the game rather than a bully.


from:  Anand
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 16:39 IST

BCCI is just conveying the feelings of Indian Players (Sachin and Dhoni are not comfortable with this system as per media reports) even if it means going against the wish of other cricket playing nations. Is BCCI not supposed to do just that? What route ICC takes on UDRS is different matter altogether, but BCCI is duty bound to raise concerns of Indian cricketers.

from:  Sanjay Singh
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 12:22 IST

I agree with you Makrand Waingankar Sir if ICC is making some rule mandatory then its the duty of all the members to follow it make it successful and work for the betterment of the game rather then objecting it. if BCCI has some thing better idea then this then they should come forward with that.

from:  Maaz Alvi
Posted on: May 19, 2011 at 10:58 IST
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