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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

India Threatens To Pull Out Of Any Tour Over Use Of Decision Review System

India has again "struck down the latest attempt to bring more consistency to the implementation" of the Decision Review System by "threatening to pull out of any tour in which the host country insisted on using the technology," according to Nagraj Gollapudi of ESPN. At the Int'l Cricket Council exec meeting in Dubai, UAE, the England & Wales Cricket Board, represented by Chair Giles Clarke, "was the only board that spoke in favour of a policy change where the approval of the host country would be enough to implement the DRS." BCCI President N. Srinivasan "shot down the proposal" and the remaining boards "did not make a stand." Srinivasan's "concerns are understood to still centre on a belief that the technology could be easily manipulated and is unreliable." It has been learned that he made the claim that India "would pull out of bilateral series if a system was in place where the home side could insist on the DRS." The existing playing conditions "require the approval of both countries on DRS during a bilateral series," but the ICC Chief Executives Committee "suggested a change in policy that would see the home board having the right to choose the use of the DRS regardless of what the opposition wanted." The CEC recommended that the issue "should be resolved via a vote during the executive board meeting" (ESPN, 1/31).
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