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Hurt by DRS, BCCI to discuss its ‘conditional use’

The contentious Decision Review System is in focus again following a few umpiring howlers in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia, with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Mondaystating that they will “discuss” on its conditional use once the team is back.

India were hurt during the first ODI when George Bailey clearly nicked one off Barinder Sran to Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the first ball and was ruled not out. Australia were 21 for two then and Bailey scored a century to win the match.

In the third match also, Bailey was adjudged not out due to lack of DRS. The BCCI secretary said that they may give it a shot if the ball tracking technology to determine leg before decision is taken out of the equation.

When Thakur was asked about it at an ICC promotional event here, he said: “I maintain that DRS in its current form is not foolproof. But if we leave aside the leg before part, we can deliberate on the conditional usage of technology. Once the players are back from Australia we will discuss the issue with them.”

In fact Thakur’s viewpoint is in sync with BCCI president Shashank Manohar’s views on board’s official Facebook page where he also spoke about using DRS without leg before using Ball Tracker.

“Actually telling truth, BCCI was never against DRS, right from my earlier tenure. Only issue was with lbw being decided by DRS. For everything else, we accepted but ICC told us that either we accept it in full or not. We are not even willing to accept it for lbw,” Manohar has said then.

While Test captain Virat Kohli is not averse to discussions on usage of the technology, it has been a strict ‘no-no’ for limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“We need to push the umpires to make the right decisions."
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