BCCI still not ready to use UDRS for future series

Mohali: Australian captain Ricky Ponting may be unhappy that Umpires’ Decision Review System (UDRS) introduced by the ICC was not used during the series but the BCCI is still not ready for it for India’s future series also.

“I believe that one should use the UDRS system for international matches. When I came here, I wanted to know whether we would be using the UDRS system. I think if you use the UDRS, you get more correct decisions and it’s not hard on players,” Ponting, who was forthright in his assessment about some of the debatable decisions given by umpires Ian Gould and Billy Bowden, said.

When BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan was contacted, he did not sound too keen about the use of UDRS for India’s forthcoming three-Test series against New Zealand.

“Umpires are human beings and they can make errors. Rather than stressing on the wrong decisions given, we should be happy that India have won the Test match. As of now, I can tell you that we are not thinking about using the UDRS for the New Zealand series,” Srinivasan told reporters.

During the first Test here, some decisions went wrong including Gautam Gambhir’s leg before off Doug Bollinger when the ball hit the inside edge of his bat onto the pads.

Ishant Sharma was given leg before off Hilefenhaus at a very crucial juncture when the television replays clearly showing that delivery was going down the leg-side.

Even Australians seemed to be at the receiving end as Pragyan Ojha got reprieve when he looked plumb off a Mitchell Johnson delivery while Michael Hussey was given leg before with the ball pitching a foot outside the line of the stumps.

It is still not clear whether the Indian players are reluctant which is why the BCCI does not agree to UDRS being used in the series.

When asked about this, man of the match Zaheer Khan did not throw much light on the Indian team’s stand on the issue.

“I mean if the technology is available, you can give it to the umpires so that they can use it,” was what Zaheer said.

Former Somerset captain and cricket columnist Peter Roebuck feels that it’s time that the Indian Cricket Board agrees to use UDRS.

“In close games, you can refer to technology. Well, in this match, it evened out as both sides were at the receiving end of some poor decisions. But what if India or Australia alone would have got all the wrong decisions?” he questioned.

“Also the fact that if one uses it, it does not make the umpires look silly when they get a decision wrong,” he said.


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