Indian’s rain rule to be discussed in ICC meet

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: International Cricket Council is seriously considering an alternative to the Duckworth-Lewis method, a system to determine the result of matches in case of rain.

An Indian engineer has proposed an alternative VJD system, named after its creator V Jayadevan. The proposal has been presented to the ICC, at a meeting in Hong Kong last month. Jayadevan claims current method, which is being in place for the past 12 years, comprises silly mistakes. Apparently, the new VJD system will be reviewed at the meeting of the ICC`s cricket committee which starts on Wednesday at Lord`s.

Jayadevan has the backing of former India opener Sunil Gavaskar and Dave Richardson, the former South Africa wicketkeeper who is now the ICC`s cricket manager.

"Of course, this is the best chance for my system because after a long time the ICC is going to review the D/L method," he told India`s Mail Today. "Although I won`t be present at the meeting, I`ve sent to the committee members my views running into 20 pages. I`ve clearly pointed out the mathematical and statistical flaws in D/L method and the superiority of the VJD system in the same circumstances of a match."

V Jayadevan hails from the southern Indian state of Kerala.

"I wish they get time to go through my views that bring out the anomalies in the D/L method," he added. "If the members read it, half the job is done."

"The inherent fear of people for mathematics seems to have helped D/L method being questioned beyond a limit. The D/L system comprises several silly mistakes. But somehow it has managed to create an impression in the entire cricket community that it's highly scientific.

"Like in cricket, the ultimate result of a stroke is more important than how it is played, the most important point regarding the acceptability of a method is its reasonability to adjust targets in a truncated match, and here my system is far ahead. A majority of cricketers and officials are looking for a change and hence it makes sense to give an opportunity to VJD system at least for the next two years," he added.