UDRS not reliable, reiterates Indian cricket board

June 18th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Saturday reiterated that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is not reliable.

The board’s unwillingness to use the UDRS in the ongoing West Indies tour and also in the upcoming England series has been widely discussed in the last couple of weeks. Even master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has reportedly stated that he is not against it, though he has expressed reservations about its efficacy without the use of hotspot and snickometer.

A day after Tendulkar’s stated stand, the board is still not convinced that UDRS is fool-proof.

Board secretary Narayanswamy Srinivasan said in a statement that “the UDRS, and the BCCI’s stance on it has been the subject of several media reports over the past few days.

“The BCCI would like to reiterate that it does not accept the reliability of the ball-tracking technology, which is an integral part of the DRS. The BCCI’s position has been consistent,” said Srinivasan in the release.

Tendulkar’s stand has been more or less the same ever since the board and the Indian team opposed the UDRS.

“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,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

Board president Shashank Manohar Friday clarified that the board has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) that they see no problem in the hot spot aspect of the technology.

“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,” he told the website.

The board has consistently opposed use of UDRS even though the ICC cricket committee has recommended the use of the technology in all Test series. A final decision will be taken at the executive board meeting in Hong Kong later this month.

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