Shastri, Hussain in war of words over DRS

Nottingham: Former cricketers Ravi Shastri and Naseer Hussain were on Sunday engaged in a bitter war of words over the use of Decision Review System in the ongoing Test series between India and England following the umpiring howler in Harbhajan Singh`s dismissal in the second match here.

Umpire Marais Erasmus gave Harbhajan out LBW for a duck for Stuart Broad`s second wicket on way to his hat-trick during India`s first innings on second day yesterday though the ball clearly edged the bat before hitting the pads. Had there been LBW reviews, Harbhajan would have survived.

Due to opposition from the Indian Cricket Board a modified DRS was used in the four-match series between India and England with the snickometer and hot-spot being used but not the Hawke-Eye to track the ball. The BCCI was not comfortable with the Hawk-Eye technology used for LBW reviews as it feels it is far from foolproof.

Hussain slammed the BCCI for not making the full use of the DRS and called it a "disgrace". Shastri, a fellow commentator, while replying to a question on Star Cricket, made a scathing attack on Hussain, saying that England are jealous of India`s world number one status and BCCI`s big purse.

"England are jealous about the way IPL is going, jealous that India is No.1 in world cricket, jealous that India are world champions. They are jealous because of the too much money being made by BCCI. Bottom-line is that they have never been No. 1 in the world in Test cricket," said Shastri.

That was not all as on third day of second Test today, Shastri and Hussain clashed again while commentating together with the latter picking up from what was left yesterday. "Ravi, I just want to pick you up on something you said on a show yesterday, questioning my right to call non-use of DRS a disgrace. Well, I have earned that right after 96 Tests to voice my opinion on cricket. It is my job and my right to voice my opinion," Hussain said.


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