Former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has challenged India’s ongoing refusal to use the Umpire Decision Review System.
The UDRS will not come into play in the Test series between England and India after the Board of Control for Cricket in India notified the England and Wales Cricket Board that they did not want to use the technology in the four-match series.
The system has been widely utilised in Test matches for the past two years but India have consistently refused to do so since they struggled with it during a trial series against Sri Lanka in 2008.
Under International Cricket Council regulations the system can only be used with the consent of both boards, giving India the right to reject its implementation.
Last month the ICC’s cricket committee recommended the use of the UDRS in all forms of the game, but that suggestion will face opposition from the powerful BCCI when the ICC board meets this month to discuss that proposal.
India’s senior players remain staunchly against the system, insisting that it is inaccurate, but their opposition comes as a blow to England who have fine-tuned their use of the technology.
Off-spinner Graeme Swann has been the main beneficiary of the system in gaining lbw decisions, to the extent that nearly 30 percent of his 138 Test dismissals have come through lbws.
“It is disappointing to see the BCCI turn its back on the wider use of technology during India’s tour of England. DRS was in use and apparently worked effectively in last winter’s Ashes series and the recent World Cup,” Modi revealed on his website.
“It is also currently being used in the three-Test series between England and Sri Lanka. But it won’t be used in England because the BCCI continues to oppose the technology ICC clearly believes is reliable, accurate and significantly improves decision-making.”
Modi, suspended as IPL commissioner for alleged tax evasion in 2010, implored the ICC to act with vehemence when influenced by the BCCI, which at time seems to have more power in cricket than the game’s governing body – a growing reality recently attested to by former Test captains Tony Greig and Arjuna Ranatunga.
“It is high time the ICC took a stand to invoke consistency across world cricket. It is nonsense to allow an individual body to dictate an inconsistent policy to the rest of the world,” he added.
“The UDRS was considered reliable enough for the World Cup and the technology should now be fully embraced. Otherwise, the public will lose faith in a product. Cricket must use it or risk its credibility. The ICC cannot let the BCCI dictate any longer.” Cricket365