Wednesday 7 August 2013 

ICC Rubbishes DRS 'Cheating' Report

Channel 9 highlighted Kevin Pietersen's dismissal in the second innings at Old Trafford as suspect but the player and the ICC have rubbished reports that players are cheating
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has moved quickly to refute reports that it is launching an investigation into alleged attempts by players to 'cheat' the Decision Review System (DRS).

An Australian television station ran a report earlier today claiming that players are using silicone tape on their bats in a bid to prevent the Hot Spot cameras detecting edges during umpire reviews.

The Channel 9 report also claimed that ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice was heading to England to investigate, but this is not true, say the sport's governing body.

"These media reports are totally incorrect," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.

"Geoff Allardice is meeting with both teams and umpires to see how we can best use the DRS and the available technology going forward in the next two Test matches. It has nothing to do with any players."

The 'Hot Spot' technology uses infrared cameras which highlights areas of heat generated by friction when the ball hits the bat or pad and is one of the tools available to third umpires when an on-field decision is reviewed by either team.

During the current Ashes series, however, a number of decisions made by both the on-field and third umpires have caused controversy with both teams unhappy with the way in which the system is being applied.

In the third Test, Usman Khawaja was given out despite clearly missing the ball and the not out decision was upheld on review and Kevin Pietersen felt he had not struck a ball to which he was given out in the second innings.

After the opening Test at Trent Bridge, in which Australia made seven incorrect reviews, the ICC took the unusual step of publicising their report of the umpires' performance.

Both Australia captain Michael Clarke and Pietersen have dismissed the claims about using any additional material on their bat as tantamount to cheating and not something they are aware is happening.

The manufacturers of Hot Spot have already confirmed that the cameras are not 100 per cent accurate and some edges, particularly fine ones, will not always be picked up.

Additionally, the technology is less effective in hot weather.

© Cricket World 2013