The BCCI and DRS

During India v Pakistan today, Ishant Sharma bowled a ball that he, and the rest of his team, suspected had been edged behind by Pakistan’s top-scorer Asad Shafiq. When the umpire rejected the appeal, India captain MS Dhoni decided to review the umpire’s decision. A faint edge was detected, and the decision was overturned – Shafiq given out for 41.

It was at this point I realised how significant this moment was. Since the introduction of DRS in 2009, the BCCI have been firmly against the idea of the system being introduced worldwide. The ICC eventually made it mandatory in all matches, however, the BCCI’s threat to pull out of a 2011 tour to England because of the system forced the ICC to end this plan, and instead leave it up to both sides as to whether it was used. The ICC continued to make changes, attempting to improve the reliability of DRS, yet still unable to impress the BCCI.

This month, we are entertained by the Champions Trophy. An event in which the DRS is used in every match. Rather than throwing a hissy fit and threatening to pull out of the tournament, India got on with it. Now, they have used the system to reverse an incorrect decision by an umpire, and gaining a wicket.

This made me wonder as to where the BCCI will go from here. With the DRS having also helped India in the past, it seems clear to me that their claims that it is unreliable are unsubstantiated. Having gained wickets from the use of DRS, the BCCI should back down. However, knowing the arrogance of the BCCI, they probably won’t.

Cricket is moving forward with the use of technology. Many other sports use this kind of technology to improve the game and decisions within the game, and cricket is attempting to follow suit. The BCCI’s refusal to accept the system is frustrating for all involved with cricket, and is preventing the sport from improving. The BCCI need to realise this fact.

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2 thoughts on “The BCCI and DRS

  1. An excellent piece Bradley – as you suggest hopefully this will finally be the catalyst for the BCCI accepting DRS. I’ve always thought it strange that they have a coach who is probably one of the most high profile supporters of the system!

  2. It’s really sad how no one tries to understand why BCCI is against the DRS is in the first place. BCCI is against DRS not because they have qualms regarding its effect on the game. The only parameter BCCI worries about is money. DRS costs money. ICC wants the boards involved to pay for it. In an ICC event like this one – ICC pays for it. So, BCCI goes along with it. Now ICC has also been a little pigheaded and insisted on some some specific technologies and contractors for the same and so that didn’t help ease the conflict.

    So to summarize – BCCI has a problem with monetary issues and so one overturned decision in favour of India is not going to change that stance.

    PS: Both Dhoni & Sachin have expressed at some point that they like the DRS and this theory that BCCI resists DRS because of its senior players is BS. It’s ridiculous to suggest the BCCI cares one bit about what the players want.

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