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UDRS- Why India cricket board is against it?

Updated on July 5, 2011

UDRS - Lets accept technology as a boon

Recently BCCI decides not to use UDRS for upcoming India tour of England.Thats one again show supremacy of BCCI on world cricket.This again started the discussion of UDRS and why Indian players and board is not accepting it.To understand this situation better we have to go to history of it.

For India UDRS is first used in 2008 against Sri Lanka tour.Most of the decision in that test match went against India.India players then realized that they will not support it, and Captain Dhoni alongwith other player went against it.Of course BCCI supports their players.

BCCI said in its defence that, the technology is not 100% sure to be used.Sachin in a statement earlier said that ball tracking should be used Hot spot and snickometer.Unfortunately that is not the minimum requirement which is set by the ICC.

England player showed anger on BCCI decision as they always supported UDRS.just to remind my readers as per the ICC rules UDRS can be only implemented if both playing countries must have an agreement on using it.The broadcaster cries foul as they are not ready to bear the cost in implementing the hotspot and other high end technologies of UDRS.In my opinion BCCI must go ahead and promote it in other country and they can get publicity as BCCI ads will be displayed in all matches.

When first snikometer,hawk eye,ultra slow cam and hotspot were introduced, they were just for entertainment and for commentators to explain what exactly happened. But soon people understand that it can be used by third umpire to make decision and hence UDRS born.Before UDRS third empire used to take call only for run outs but as technology improved it can or should be used for closed catches and LBWs.UDRS has been successfully used during aces series, world cup and recently being used in SriLanka and England series.

Using all these technology gives umpire a comfort to sure that they are making right decision.Also players will not be feel cheated.It happened long back that Asian countries think that umpires from Australia,England and other countries gives mostly decision against them.It will give more credibility to players and viewers, just like we have it for other games like Tennis and baseball.

I agreed that sometime technology also create mess or may not be 100% sure, but this thing can happened so many times with on field umpires.I think the ideal condition can be whenever on field umpire or players feel any doubt they can refer it to third umpire and if third umpire also fail to come to any conclusion, it should be left to on field umpires to decide.This will remove any doubt in the mind of players.

Hotspot is wonderfull technology to judge where exactly the ball hits , It can be used for both LBWs and closed catches.Australian broadcasters BBG is only having this technology and it is currently in a process to bring it to India, they are in discussion with Nimbus production.BCCI should encourage this.Please note that Hotspot is not mandatory requirement for UDRS as directed by ICC. But I think this should be a important part of UDRS as it can help in close to 100% accuracy.

10 years back nobody have thought that day night matches will be played , or players will play in colored dresses or we will have third umpires, as technology improved it should be brought in the games to make it error free.Human make mistakes but not machines.It will certainly creates more interest in the game and nobody will feel cheated or victims of wrong decision.Hope good sense will prevail and BCCI will accept UDRS sooner.


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