'India are long way from accepting DRS'

ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson has suggested that India’s bad experience of the Decision Review System when it was first trialled might have played a part in BCCI’s refusal to accept the controversial technology.

Richardson said it could take a long time for the BCCI to accept DRS and former players like Anil Kumble, who is now ICC Cricket Committee chairman, can play a role in influencing the Indian Board.

“They are a long way from saying ‘it’s a good idea’. I don’t think it’s necessarily only the administrators, say people like Anil Kumble for example. He’s going to take some persuading,” Richardson said.

“He (Kumble) was captain of the India team when they first trialled it and the technology wasn’t very good. The players weren’t used to it so every time the Indians asked for a review it went against them,” he said.

“I think it was Sehwag or one of their star batsmen who was given out by mistake by ball-tracking. It’s going to take a lot of influencing.”

India, along with Sri Lanka, were the first users of the DRS in 2008, when Kumble was India’s captain. Richardson said it could take longer to convince the BCCI, the only Board not to have accepted DRS.

“Kumble is a very influential guy in Indian cricket at the moment, he is on their technical committee He’s also now the chairman of our (ICC) cricket committee. Once these people start to see the benefits of DRS, that influence will probably filter back to the Tendulkars and the Dhonis.”

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