I didn’t catch the first ODI between India and Australia and am not watching the second either.
Hence, I was unwilling to weigh in on the fresh Decision Review System (DRS) controversy featuring George Bailey.
But Ayaz Memon put it very succinctly in his LiveMint column:
“…it is bizarre that a sport has different yardsticks for different teams. Imagine Grand Slam tennis tournaments where Hawk-Eye is deployed when Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal, but not when he plays Novak Djokovic, who refuses to accept the technology.
The issue of efficacy of technology then becomes subservient to the principle of fairness and equality: If the DRS technology in cricket is not good enough, then it should not be used in any match.”
That sums it up for me.
The BCCI may have won but cricket is the loser.
The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) gave its approval to a watered down version of the Decision Review System (DRS). The system will now include just the Hot-Spot (infra-red cameras) and audio-tracking. The ball-tracking technology (Hawkeye or VirtualEye) is not mandatory. It will be used only if parties in a bilateral series agree.
This is pretty much in accordance with the BCCI’s stand on the system. It will be interesting to see the effect of this ruling on number of correct decisions in the coming months. The resolution effectively takes out the leg-before referrals.
The use of DRS made a case for increasing the number of referrals in an inning to three. However, the diluted version rightly deserves only one.
The ICC intends to continue further research into the ball-tracking technology.
Other approved changes include use of two balls in ODIs—one at either end. This will keep them hard and fresh and will cut complaints about replaced leather’s quality. The batting and bowling power-plays can now be taken from overs 16-40. This is intended to retain interest in the middle overs where play tends to slow down.
Abolition of runners in international cricket is welcome. You don’t expect Rafael Nadal to have another player do his sprinting in a major if he’s injured, do you? So why this archaic rule for cricketers? They’re professional sportsmen and are expected to be fighting fit when they take the field.If they’re unfit or are hurt during a game, they either forfeit the right to be on the field or continue through injury.
The CEC approved the recommendation that captains be suspended for slowing the over-rates twice in a 12-month period.
Ireland, however, have received no succour from ICC executives. The CEC has recommended a qualification process for the 2015 World Cup but have refrained from specifying the number of teams.
Haroon Lorgat.,Sharad Pawar,Clive Lloyd,Mansur Ahmed,Subhan Ahmed,Michael Brown,David Collier,John Cribbin,Warren Deutrom,Francois Erasmus,Dr Ernest Hilaire,Gerald Majola,WilfredMukondiwa,Nishantha Ranatunga,N Srinivasan and Dr Justin Vaughan were the representatives in attendance at the CEC.
Approval of the DRS means that the up-coming Indian tour of England will see the system ending weeks of heart-burn and debate.
In an article in the Daily News and Analysis(DNA), the inventor of the HotSpot technology, Warren Brennan, says that it costs $10,000 per day and not $50,000 as stated earlier by BCCI secretary,Niranjan Shah.
Read previous related article here.
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If it had not been the BCCI that first linked him to the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), his recent disclosures about the Indian Cricket League (ICL) could have been construed as yet another attempt by Lalit Modi to turn the spotlight back on him.
The ex-IPL honcho projects an impression of missing the glory, accolades and kudos that came his way when he was the high-flying architect of the biggest organizational success story in international cricket since Kerry Packer‘s World Series Cricket (WSC).
The Indian television media, as expected, went overboard on his revelations. Arnab Goswami of Times Now button-holed the IPL founder on prime time. Lalit Modi flatly denied any connection with the Sri Lankan league—direct or indirect.
To attribute altruistic considerations to Lalit Modi’s revelations—as Arnab rightly pointed out—is foolish. However, to dismiss the allegations as ravings of a disgruntled ex-BCCI employee or to term him a liar is foolhardy.
Ten reasons why the BCCI steadfastly refuses to utilize the Decision Review System (DRS) in bilateral series involving India:
10) BCCI honchos believe DRS stands for Debatable Review System.
9) Test umpires paid off the BCCI to oppose the system.
8) BCCI members feel left out of the process; if this decision is taken out of their hands, what will board members convene a press conference for?
7) The BCCI have yet to form a committee to weigh pros and cons of the system.
6) DRS research files are with Lalit Modi. It is too embarrassing for the BCCI to request them back now.
5) BCCI officials do not agree with the term "snickometer". It sounds too much like "snickermeter" or "sniggermeter’". A retrospective fallout.
4) The BCCI have not received permission from the defence ministry to import the system. It is military equipment, after all. The Indian government wishes to build HotSpot indigenously instead.
3) The BCCI would rather wait for FIFA to first approve goal-line technology. Heaven forbid that they be perceived as more progressive than the world’s foremost soccer body.
2) The memo approving the system is pending with Messr Sharad Pawar. The honourable minister desires to table a motion before parliament.
1) "Call us bully-boys, will ya? Let’s behave so."
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“I don’t know whether it is mistrust of technology or kidology on their [India’s] behalf.”
Graeme Swann is perplexed by the BCCI’s decision to veto the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the up-coming India-England series. It is viewed by some as a move to negate Swann’s ability to get frequent leg-before dismissals—under the system; by others, as protecting Sachin Tendulkar who is the beneficiary of more benefit-of-the-doubt decisions than any other player—owing to his stature.
What he really meant:
“The reasons given [by the BCCI] are laughable.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Technology is for kids.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is sold on 3G and has us sold too.
Pity he cannot make up his mind about DRS.
Cricket Ireland will welcome the recommendations made by the ICC’s cricket committee on Wednesday, the 11th of May, 2011.
Associate teams will be allowed to participate in the 2015 World Cup through a qualifying process. The next World Cup will not default to Test-playing nations. Teams will have to earn the right to be in the elite group of participating nations.
Cricket fans will start to believe again that “yes, the administrators are playing cricket.”
Elite umpires, Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf, and International Umpire Kumar Dharmasena have announced their retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.
The umpires complain of fatigue in the longer version of the game.
“Standing for 6 hours or more for five consecutive days and having to focus on every ball is extremely taxing for body and mind.” said Simon Taufel.