The Truth About DRS?

ICC CEO David Richardson recently gave an interview to ESPNCricinfo.  It makes interesting reading, especially his comments about the BCCI and their dinosaur approach to the Decision Review System (DRS).  It does not reflect well on the senior Indian players.

Remember what DRS was put in place to do – prevent the howlers, those mind blowingly awful decisions that could ruin a game and which it seemed often came from umpires from the subcontinent.  Of the recent crop of international umpires, Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf have worked damned hard to remove the memory of Pakistani umpire jokes from cricket.  Since the retirement of umpire Srinivasan Venkataraghavan (and no, Yates didn’t Google that) there has not been an Indian umpire on the elite panel.  When local Indian umpires have officiated ODIs, their performances have been less than stellar.  Without DRS being used in India their errors and howlers are relatively safe from examination.

With this being the rationale for implementing DRS, the BCCI have repeatedly made their opposition to it clear.  “Only when it’s 100%” being the excuse bleated out by Numbnuts Srinivasan and his BCCI cronies.  The current crop of elite panel umpires only average around 96% correct decisions and Numbnuts knows that’s probably the highest the figure has ever been.  Will we ever get to 100% correct by the human eye?  It’s an admirable aim but it’s unlikely.  Numbnuts knows that.

Instead of taking an involvement in the technology behind DRS to correct what it sees as errors and to move things forward, the BCCI has refused to have anything to do with its implementation after feeling on the wrong end of its early trials.  Richardson’s comments tell us why this is…

Anil Kumble was captain of the India team when they first trialled it and the technology wasn’t very good. The players weren’t used to it so every time the Indians asked for a review it went against them… I think it was Sehwag or one of their star batsmen who was given out by mistake by ball-tracking. It’s going to take a lot of influencing.

So the BCCI are opposed to DRS because two players felt p****d because off they felt they got the wrong end of decisions?

If this is true then that reflects very poorly on Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag.  Kumble is someone Yates has always thought very highly of – an intelligent man and if there is anyone who has tried harder on a cricket field Yates has yet to see him.  Yates has a vague memory of hearing that Kumble studied engineering – surely that kind of background would make Kumble an ideal contributor to the discussion about DRS?

There is another reason why the BCCI is anti-DRS.

Because they did not invent the technology.

Had Hawkeye, Snicko and Hotspot been invented in India then the BCCI would have bullied it through the ICC and made it mandatory so the BCCI would have been able to make money from it.

The challenge to Numbnuts, Kumble, Sehwag, the rest of the BCCI and players is simple – get your heads out from your backsides and become part of the solution.  DRS now eliminates the howlers.  Help improve it so it can get better.

Until then, every time Yates sees an Indian player annoyed at getting a bad decision where there’s no DRS, he will say “No use complaining, your lot blocked DRS.  Now p*** off the field!”