BCCI to make-up mind on DRS post Cape Town: Thakur
3rd October 2016
Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur while reiterating that the Board is open about using Decision Review System (DRS) also made it clear that a final decision will be take following a meeting in the second week of October in Cape Town.
“We have already spoken about DRS. If you remember in the Sri Lanka series I made an official statement in a channel that BCCI is open about DRS. The issue here is whether the technology 100 per cent. Are you sure about the 100 per cent decision making as far as DRS is concerned?” Thakur told reporters here on the sidelines of India’s second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens.
“There were short comings and that is why in the ICC we have told the cricket committee to look into the DRS and MIT was supposed to give a report. Even in our Edinburgh meeting this year, they could not come to a conclusion where they are fully satisfied with the DRS technology.
Now I will be attending the Cape Town meeting in the second week of October. We’ll again have to look into the performance of DRS. If that is satisfactory, BCCI is open to use the DRS. It all depends on the outcome of the latest trials and the feedback of the DRS technology,” he added.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli ahead of the second Test had said that DRS was something that was worth a debate and could be considered for future with improvements. Thakur was reacting to this observation. “Improvement is all right. If umpires are making 95-97 per cent decisions as right decisions and same you’re getting with DRS then what is the change? So the only issue if not 100 per cent, as only thing to be seen is how better is it than field umpire."
On how it will be judged, he said, “ That is the domain of Anil Kumble and his team. We have Anil who represents BCCI in ICC. Virat Kohli as the captain and he as a coach can discuss among themselves and give the BCCI feedback. We have left it to them in the past to come up with various suggestions. After the October meeting we will take a call on that.”
Whether the fact that DRS depends on the host broadcaster and not the ICC is a concern, Thakur said, “There are issues which we all are aware. We are very very open to use it if we are satisfied. There is nothing which is stopping us to use a technology and in the 21st century, in the digital age you want that to be near perfect, if not perfect."
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