The ICC cricket committee’s view that a few technical aspects of the Decision Review System (DRS) should be referred to an independent panel of experts has forced the ICC chief executives meeting in London to put off the touchy matter.
BCCI sources close to the deliberations in London told The Hindu: “ The BCCI’s view has been the same since the inception of the DRS. It’s not foolproof, mainly on the ball tracking technology with regard to trajectory, bounce of the wicket and the point of impact.
The practice now is that countries playing a bilateral series opt for or against the use of DRS. It is mandatory, though, in ICC events.’’
While a section of the media has squarely blamed BCCI President N. Srinivasan and also pointed fingers at Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for BCCI’s opposition to DRS in its present form, the fact is that ever since its inception, the BCCI has had misgivings about the use of the computer-generated technology.
“I have even told the ICC that we have no problem with Hot Spot. Our objection is to ball tracking. It becomes just a case of someone else’s imagination versus the umpire’s imagination,’’ former BCCI president Shashank Manohar had said.
While one or two full members of the ICC agree to the BCCI’s viewpoint, a few others, notably the West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, feel apprehensive about the cost factor, with the official broadcasters wanting the home Boards to pay for the technology.
The BCCI source also said that the CEOs felt that the seven-year Future Tours Programme (FTP) needed to be re-worked and fine-tuned.