New BCCI regime prefers status quo on Decision Review System

A change of guard at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not changed it’s view on the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) with the body saying it cannot accept the technology in its current state.

India is the only team which has refused to use DRS in bilateral series ever since it did not find the system ‘foolproof’ in a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2008.

“We stand by the view the BCCI has taken in the past. If there is a change in technology, there can be a rethink [on our stance] but that has not happened yet,” newly-elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told PTI.

The DRS is used in all ICC events including the ongoing World Cup. But only ball tracking and ‘Snicko’ feature are being used, and not Hot Spot due to shortage of equipment, said the world body last month.

India has maintained that they will not embrace the technology until it is 100 per cent accurate. During the Test series, Dhoni defended the team’s stance on DRS despite feeling hard done by a few calls.

“There are a lot of 50-50 decisions that are not going in our favour. We are on the receiving end more often than not. What happens in DRS, even if the DRS is around, those [contentious] decisions won’t go in our favour,” the India skipper had said.

It remains to be seen whether BCCI’s approach changes after ICC reviews the technology post-World Cup.

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