Vaughan calls for consistent use of UDRS

London: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has said the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) must show more willingness to try the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS).

Vaughan’s comment comes after the BCCI refused to allow UDRS usage in next month’s four-match Test series against England.

The joint consent of the BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is required for the system to be used in the series.

“Either every Test series has the UDRS or none does. The Indian Board has too much power,” a newspaper quoted Vaughan, as saying.

It is believed that Team India’s scepticism, especially from batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and captain M.S. Dhoni, has been a significant roadblock to the system’s universal employment.

The UDRS may have its share of supporters in Australian captain Ricky Ponting, Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralidaran and former ICC umpire Rudi Koertzen, but Tendulkar has always given thumbs down to the system.

“I am not fully convinced with the referral system. When I was here (Colombo) last time I was not convinced with many decisions. I did not feel comfortable, it was an experiment which I felt,” Tendulkar had said after scoring a double hundred in Colombo in July last year.

“I would rather go with the Hot Spot because that establishes the contact between the bat and the ball. That it is far better system according to me. The Hot Spot is much better,” he said.

Tendulkar’s views were shared by Dhoni, who remains adamant that the review system should not be implemented unless it guarantees 100 percent accuracy.

“I personally feel it’s not cent per cent thing. I don’t think it gives cent percent result. It’s not always correct. If I am going to buy a life jacket which does not come with a warranty, that’s a bit of a hassle for me especially with the huge amount of money you have to spend for the UDRS system coming into the game,” Dhoni had said.


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