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BCCI to discuss conditional use of Decision Review System, says Anurag Thakur

Press Trust of India |January 18, 2016, 6:14 PM IST
BCCI to discuss conditional use of Decision Review System, says Anurag Thakur

New Delhi: The contentious Decision Review System (DRS) is in focus again following a few umpiring howlers in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia, with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday stating that they would "discuss" on its conditional use once the team was 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 help Australia win the match.

In the third match also, Bailey was adjudged not out due to the lack of DRS. The BCCI secretary said that the Board might 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 in the Capital, 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.

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

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

"You have to see how many 50-50 decisions don't go in our favour. It always happens, then you have to take it. But I am still not convinced about DRS," Dhoni had said after India's defeat in the first match Down Under.

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