The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been against the use of Decision Review System, saying it is not 100 percent accurate. But the BCCI have taken a soft stance, and decided to use the DRS in the Test series against England, which starts next month. The cricket board will use the system on a trial basis and see the improvements made in the system.
A meeting took shape between Hawkeye officials, the India cricket board and the International Cricket Council (ICC), in which they talked about the DRS. The BCCI were quite satisfied with the improvements shown, and have decided to use it for the England series.
If the DRS system is deemed to be a success during the England Test series, BCCI will use it during other bilateral series as well. Though India might have been against the use of DRS, they have been using it in ICC events, as it is mandatory for participating countries.
"We are happy to note that Hawkeye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England," BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.
"Based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided. We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport, and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience."
Such technology is always welcome in Indian cricket, as other countries had all agreed to it in the past. The DRS, as witnessed earlier, has helped umpires come up with correct decisions, reducing umpiring errors in the game.
However, India did use the DRS in the past against Sri Lanka in 2008, and also in 2011 against England, but the system was not used for LBW decisions in the latter series.