BCCI Responds Strongly As UDRS Row Escalates
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reacted strongly to comments made by International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Manager David Richardson regarding the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) following India's tied World Cup game with England in Bangalore.
Following the match, in which Ian Bell was adjudged to be not out by the third umpire using Hawkeye, despite the ball-tracking system predicting the ball hitting the stumps, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was openly critical of the system, which led Richardson to suggest that once players were aware of the ruling, then they would be able to accept the decision made.
This rule states that if a batsman is more than 2.5 metres down the pitch, a decision will only be overturned if the ball is predicted to hit middle stump.
It was not only Dhoni who was unaware of the ruling as the England players - including Bell, who had begun to walk back to the dressing rooms - were also taken by surprise.
In a strongly worded statement addressed to ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan wrote:
"BCCI has consistently opposed usage of Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS). BCCI has not been convinced about the technical adequacy of the system. A presentation made by Hawk Eye to BCCI where Mr. S Venkataraghavan, former International Umpire and Director of Umpires, BCCI was present was not convincing and the supplier of the technology themselves felt "a leap of faith" was necessary in order to accept the system.
"The inadequacy of the UDRS has been exposed in the CWC 2011. The group stage match between India and England was a case in point which clearly brought out the inadequacy of the system. ICC in consultation with Hawk Eye formed playing conditions which specifies when the umpire can rely on Hawk Eye and when he cannot. This itself is an admission on the question of reliability of the system including ball tracking technology.
"BCCI takes strong objection to Mr. David Richardson criticising the Indian Captain M S Dhoni. Mr. Richardson's comment that the Indian Captain should know the rule is out of place. The Indian Captain only highlighted the inadequacy of the system and rightly so. It was there for the world to see. For ICCs representative to criticise a player for his post match press conference while the world cup is being played tantamount to pressurising the player. Mr. Richardson has no right to do so. BCCI has strong reservations about the statement made by Mr. Richardson. He should be instructed not to react in this fashion."
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