Sachin bats for DRS; BCCI remains adamant

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Despite Sachin Tendulkar coming out in support of using the Decision Review System (DRS), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains adamant on their stand of not being in favour of the controversial referral system.

A BCCI source confirmed Friday that they won’t change their stand on the DRS even if Sachin voiced his support for the technology after initial doubts. They also made it clear that there won’t be the use of DRS in the upcoming series against England.

The BCCI reiterated their stand on the issue that they have no faith in the DRS in its present form. They have a strong objection in the ball tracking system in the DRS which, they think, is not capable of making error-free decisions.

That was the reason why Indian captain MS Dhoni called the DRS the "adulteration" of technology and human decision-making during the World Cup a couple of months back.

Shashank Manohar, president of BCCI, had told a leading cricket website earlier, "I have even told the ICC that we have no problem with Hot Spot. Our objection is to ball tracking.... it becomes just a case of someone else`s imagination versus the umpire`s imagination."

At the first place BCCI wanted Hot Spot to be the part of the DRS system during the England series. When the ICC did not meet their demand, the Indian board decided to turn down the referral system.

Earlier on Thursday, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had said that he is not against the use of 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 had told a leading cricket website in an interview.

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