New Delhi: The International Cricket Council`s Chief executives on Monday backed the mandatory use of video umpires in Tests and one-day internationals, a year after they were made optional at the request of India.
However, the BCCI remains adamant that their stance on the issue remains unchanged and they are still not in favour of the Decision Review System (DRS).
‘This is with reference to the ICC Chief Executives` Committee (CEC) Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 24 and 25 June 2012. We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI`s stance on the same is unchanged,’ said a BCCI release on Monday.
The release added; ‘The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof. The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series.’
BCCI`s reaction came after the CEC said independent tests had proved the reliability of the DRS, which incorporates ball-tracking and "hotspot" thermal imaging.
‘We have made good progress in independently testing ball-tracking and the new enhancements have resulted in the CEC (Chief Executives` Committee) unanimously supporting the ICC Cricket Committee`s recommendation to universally apply the DRS in all Test matches and ODIs,’ ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
The recommendation for compulsory DRS - provided host countries can afford the equipment - will now be considered by the ICC Board, which is meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
Optional DRS has caused confusion and controversy, including complaints during India`s Test tour of England last year, when the visitors refused to allow it.
India, which accounts for the lion`s share of global cricket revenues, has been suspicious of DRS since making a number of unsuccessful referrals during the 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial.
On Sunday, Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore complained about the absence of DRS in the first Test against Sri Lanka - reportedly due to cost issues - after a rash of umpiring errors.
BDST: 1730 HRS, June 25, 2012
Editted by: Manoz Halder, Newsroom Editor
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