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ICC recommends mandatory use of DRS again, BCCI differs

Tuesday, June 26, 2021
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The ICC's Chief Executives Committee (CEC) on Monday once again recommended the mandatory use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in international cricket following fresh and successful testing of DRS technology.

The CEC met for two days -- June 24 and 25 -- as part of the ICC Annual Conference and "recommended to the Board the universal application of the DRS after being satisfied with the technology enhancements provided by new Hotspot cameras and the results of the independent research on ball tracking conducted by Dr Ed Rosten, an expert in computer vision technology."

The CEC recommended that, subject to the Members’ ability to finance and obtain the required technology, DRS should be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs.

"The number of successful reviews will be retained at two per innings for a Test and one per innings for an ODI" ICC said in a press release.

However, despite the ICC’s call for the universal acceptance of the DRS, cricket’s financial powerhouse India has consistently opposed till now.

The BCCI insists that the system is not accurate enough and has time and again refused to allow its usage in bilateral series featuring India.

"We wish to clarify that while the DRS was discussed at the meeting, the BCCI's stance on the same is unchanged. The BCCI continues to believe that the system is not foolproof," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

"The Board also sticks to its view that the decision on whether or not to use the DRS for a particular series should be left to the Boards involved in that series," Jagdale added.