Jayadevan alleges bias, knocks the door of Sharad Pawar
New Delhi: A dejected V Jayadevan, who sought replacement of the controversial Duckworth/Lewis method with his own system in limited-over cricket, has approached the ICC President Sharad Pawar for a neutral review of his method.
Alleging bias, Jayadevan said one of the experts in the ICC Cricket Committee, which recently evaluated his system and rejected it, behaved like a spokesperson of Duckworth and Lewis method and thus his system should be re-evaluated by neutral experts.
In its recent meeting in London, the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, had decided that there was no need to replace the D/L method by the VJD method.
Jayadevan, an engineer from Kerala, wrote a letter to Pawar, explaining to him in detail why the method developed by him should be considered again.
He wrote that there were several flaws in the latest version of the D/L method (wincoda 3.0) and that his VJD method was a better replacement.
He alleged that the presence of a certain member, who favoured D/L method, in the ICC Cricket Committee has weakaned his case and he had sought a meeting with ICC general manager (cricket) Dave Richardson for a meeting.
"Many people in the cricket community, including the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, believe that the VJD System is a better system than the D/L. For the last 12 years, I am trying hard to convince the authorities about this," he said in the letter.
"I feel that it is the commitment of ICC to provide the best available system to the cricket community. I have no hesitation in saying that the said expert`s strong favoritism to the D/L system deprives the ICC from getting the best available method for the last so many years," he wrote.