‘Dealing with BCCI on DRS is like dealing with Syria’
Sydney: Cricket Australia’s chairman Wally Edwards has likened discussions with Indian cricket officialdom over the Decision Review System to the standoff between the US and Russia and China over Syria.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India continues to oppose moves to introduce the ball-tracking component of DRS universally across international cricket, leaving use of the Hawk-Eye technology to be determined on a series-by-series basis by the boards of the national teams competing.
India’s primary objection to the umpiring innovation is on the grounds of accuracy, a view driven by sceptical senior players M.S. Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar.
Edwards admitted that the BCCI would not be easily twisted despite new independent research supporting the technology’s accuracy, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The CA chairman likened the challenge similar to the Obama government’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Russia and China on what action should be taken to force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
“You have to respect that they have views. We can`t just steamroll them, we`re not in a position to. They`re a member of the ICC like we are or England are and we can only achieve what we can achieve” Edwards said of India.
“It`s a bit like Russia and the USA in the United Nations, and China. You can achieve what you can achieve but it takes diplomacy. We can`t move India. India have to move themselves. We can advise them that we want to use DRS but as it currently stands they`ve got the right to say, ``No, we don`t want to use it’.”
The BCCI’s financial clout in world cricket makes it mandatory for the Indian board to accept the DRS so that the technology can be accepted universally.