BCCI unmoved on DRS


A change at the top of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not heralded a softening of the body's stance on the Decision Review System, with new president Shashank Manohar adamant the technology cannot be trusted to make accurate calls on lbw dismissals. 

India has long been a staunch opponent of the use of the process, which is powered by Hawk-Eye, Hot Spot and Snickometer to check the accuracy of umpires' rulings.

Manohar, who previously served as BCCI president between 2008 and 2011, was re-elected as the organisation's chief in October and replaced the outgoing Narayanaswami Srinivasan in November.

And while he has claimed world cricket's most powerful domestic administration does not object to DRS in principle, it appears India's misgivings regarding the validity of lbw reviews will continue to preclude the use of the technology in matches involving the country's national team for the foreseeable future.

"The BCCI was never against the DRS system right from the time of my earlier tenure," Manohar said in response to questions on the BCCI's Facebook page.

"We had issues only regarding the leg-before decisions to be decided by the DRS system. For everything else we were accepting the DRS system.

"At the ICC meeting, it was decided that either we accept the DRS system as a whole or we don't accept a DRS system. We were not willing," he added, referring to a meeting that took place between the BCCI and International Cricket Council during his first tenure as president.

"And today also we are not willing to accept the DRS system for leg-before ... because when you shoot it from a distance, a parallax develops and then you are not able to give the exact direction of the delivery.

"Secondly, instead of the umpire imagining the bounce and the direction of the trajectory, it is the person sitting behind the camera who is going into the DRS. He is going to have his imagination put in the place of the umpire's imagination with regard to the bounce."

"Even the person who has evolved this DRS system was not able to answer me and was not able to satisfy all the members of the ICC," Manohar said. "And as you know, there are lot problems even in the DRS systems which are raised by various countries. Therefore unless and until the DRS system is foolproof with regards to leg-before decisions the BCCI will not accept it."