Decision Review System (DRS) could be used during India Vs England Test series because BCCI thinks that there are some improvements in DRS. Today, BCCI president Anurag Thakur and coach Anil Kumble attended a meeting with ICC and Hawk Eye representatives, who made a detailed presentation of the upgraded version of DRS.
As per initial feedback, the BCCI bigwigs including the president and the coach have felt that there are improvements which meant that some of India’s issues have been addressed in the upgraded system.
The hour-long meeting was attended by president Thakur, CEO Rahul Johri, GM (Game Development) MV Sridhar while ICC was represented by their General Manager Geoff Allardice along with two representatives from the ‘Hawk Eye’ company.
“Yes, we met them today. We saw their presentation,” Thakur told. When asked to elaborate, the president said: “There has been some improvement in what we saw during their presentation. We will now discuss the matter internally and get back to them (ICC) at the earliest.”
Kumble’s presence at the meeting bears special significance since he has been one among few people who are abreast with the kind of functional changes that has been worked to make the system better and remove BCCI’s apprehension.
Incidentally, Kumble visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lab in the United States where they were working to improve the controversial ‘Ball Tracking Technology’.
The doubts have stayed since India’s disastrous tour of Sri Lanka in 2008 where the DRS in its initial form was used and the Indians got only one decision going their way.
The seniors at that time including Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni had all expressed their reservations. BCCI’s stand has been obstinate for a long time even as ICC had repeatedly tried to reach out to them with Dhoni being at the helm of affairs.