Channel Nine upset with BCCI

Channel Nine, the host broadcaster of Cricket Australia (CA), is upset with the Indian cricket board for rejecting its last-minute offer to allow umpires to use cricket's electronic eye.

Cricket Australia (CA) had hoped that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would change its stance and at least would allow a compromise Decision Review System (DRS) for the four-Test series, beginning Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

BCCI had made it clear during its pre-tour inspection a fortnight ago it would not budge as it still has concerns with the accuracy of electronic aids.

Channel Nine's executive producer Brad McNamara said he couldn't understand why India had concerns with the review system used by his network.

"We are not really sure what they are basing that on. There are different types of the technology around the world, some of it is not as accurate as others. I just hope they are not basing their judgments on the inferior technology instead of the good one," McNamara was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

"We put a lot of time, effort and money into making it as accurate as possible. We are fairly certain we are using the best technology available. If India get a couple of rough ones through the summer, they might all of a sudden become a fan of the DRS. It is a bit confusing. Nine will continue to use the DRS and Hot Spot, allowing viewers to possibly have a better view than the umpires on controversial decisions," he said.

Australia coach Mickey Arthur also hoped the technologies would have been used. "I have been in favour of it, I always have been," he said.

This view was endorsed by CA spokesman Peter Young.

"Our view is well documented, we are a supporter of DRS. It was discussed. The ICC's policy is very clear: for any individual tour, you need both nations to agree," he said.

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