I am not against DRS: Sachin

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Putting all rumours to the rest, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said that he is not against the use of umpires’ decision review system (DRS). He said that he always believes the use of technology is good for the game.

"I am not against DRS, but I feel it will be more effective with the support of the Snickometer and Hot Spot technology. This will give more consistent results," Sachin told a leading cricket website in an interview.

Since Indian board’s stand on the use of the DRS has always been negative, it was earlier believed that the board’s stand has something to do with the opinion of the senior players of the team, including Sachin Tendulkar, who is not in favour of the use of DRS.

India’s refusal to use the system during the upcoming England tour in July has been widely criticised by the English players.

Gary Kirsten, who led India to 50-over World Cup success in April, had earlier said in a recent interview that DRS had helped improve the game, though his former employers are not in favour of it.

DRS allows teams to question two umpiring decisions per inning, and a third umpire uses the available technology, including hawkeye, which replicates the ball movement, to determine if the on-field officials were correct.

"Personally I am very much in favour of it, I think it`s a great system," the soft-spoken South African had said.

"I think what it has done .... is that it has increased the consistency of umpiring so I am a fan of it but I know there are some negative views of it within India."

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has been strongly against the mandatory use of the DRS system, voicing concerns about the technology`s accuracy, despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) saying it had improved correct decisions by seven percent.

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