BCCI president Shashank Manohar said India will not accept the DRS as the leg before decision in the system is not foolproof. But, he said India was never against DRS right from his earlier tenure.
“Actually telling the truth, BCCI was never against DRS, right from my earlier tenure. The 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 said and then explained it in detail.
“You shoot it from the distance and a Parallax (displacement in the apparent positional shift of an object viewed from a distance) develops. Now umpire is imagining the bounce and then a person sitting behind the camera can decide and going to put his imagination in it. In 2011, when we had the meeting, the person in charge of DRS was not able to satisfy our queries. So till it is not foolproof, we would not accept it.”
Manohar said that the Cricket Board will abide by the ICC decision of rating Nagpur pitch as “poor” but at the same time termed the inference on the nature of the wicket of the wicket being a “subjective decision” by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.
India defeated South Africa in the Nagpur Test by 124 runs inside three days.
“The ICC framed rules with regards to poor wickets. There are four categories. ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Poor’ and ‘Dangerous’ wickets. In regards to ‘Poor’ wicket, they have said excessive spin or excessive seam movement, the wicket is considered to be poor,” Manohar told fans during a live interaction on BCCI’s official Facebook page.
“In a case of Nagpur, Match Referee stated “Excessive spin on the third day of the game and uneven bounce”. According to me, this is the subjective decision taken by Match Referee. The decision may vary whether there is uneven bounce or whether
the wicket is spinning more than what its supposed to be.
“It may be that one spinner gets more turn than another. These factors need to be taken into consideration. Finally, ICC has taken a decision, we would abide by that decision,” said Manohar, who fielded around 30-odd questions from cricket fans.
The BCCI president also denies the allegation that his home centre Nagpur and secretary Anurag Thakur’s centre Dharamsala have got preferential treatment on allotment of matches during upcoming World T20.
“When it was decided that India would host ICC World T20, BCCI offered eight venues but ICC wanted only five because of cost constraints. Our secretary Anurag Thakur during ICC Annual Meeting in Barbados clearly told ICC that BCCI would not agree to less than 8 venues.
“Now on paper, Dharamsala and Nagpur are hosting more matches but it also includes the qualifiers that will be played by Afghanistan, Oman, Hong Kong, Scotland etc. But as far as the main draw is concerned, matches have been distributed equally. Because of cost constraints, ICC wanted to hold qualifying matches at two venues. Dharamsala and Nagpur provide the cheapest options in terms of hotel, transportation. Also, teams will stay in one venue for 8 days,” he said.
“India’s matches are being played at Nagpur, Dharamsala, Bangalore and Mohali. Semi-finals at Delhi and Mumbai and the final at Kolkata. If we would have wanted, Dharamsala and Nagpur could have hosted the semi-finals. Nagpur could have hosted the final as it is the best stadium in the country with 45,000 capacity,” Manohar said.
Talking about India-Pakistan series Manohar said that the series is not only dependant on the two particular cricket boards.
“As you are aware, the BCCI and PCB agreed to play a series. The issue is a complex one and not dependent only on two boards. It would be a political call that needs to be taken by India and Pakistan governments. I am sure when the situation is conducive, a full-fledged series will take place,” the president assured.
Manohar also said that the recent experiment of ‘Day/Night’ test between Australia and New Zealand is something that needs to be seen whether it can bring back people in the stands for Test cricket.
“In earlier days, there was no television and one format was played. To top it, one venue would host one Test match in two years. So people far away from 500 miles would come to the stadium to watch.
“Now people do not have that time. But after the recent D/N Test between Australia and New Zealand with a pink ball, we need to see if things improve. If it does, people may spare time in the evenings for Test cricket,” the ICC chairman said.
Manohar about his home ground said it is not possible to prepare fast bouncy wickets all over India due to the nature of the Indian soil and climatic conditions, but they would send U-19 and A teams for overseas tours to prepare them for future tours.
“The appointment of TA Sekar and Narendra Hirwani for National Cricket Academy under Dilip Vengsarkar’s guidance is to improve the fast bowling and spin talent pool.”
While answering to fans question, Manohar revealed his favourite Indian cricketer is Tiger Pataudi and greatest international cricketer is Wst Indies all-rounder Sir Gary Sobers.