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Clive Lloyd says decision to use DRS should not be left to boards

From being a world-class batsman to a successful captain, and from being an ICC match referee to being the chairman of the ICC’s cricket committee, Clive Lloyd has seen the cricket as well as the related technology evolve around like nobody else.

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One day at the museum: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (left) at a cricket museum in Pune yesterday

The ICC has kept hanging for a little too long on issues like the use of Decision Review System (DRS). A number of Test playing nations as well as former and current players have slammed the ICC’s policy for the use of DRS, and Lloyd makes his point.

On a visit to the Blades of Glory cricket museum here yesterday, Lloyd said, “If the DRS has to be used, it has to be used in every part of the world. It can’t be left to the respective cricket boards in a bilateral series.

Just imagine an umpire who does five games with DRS, and then suddenly comes to India where there is no DRS. It’s not fair to the umpires as well.”

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The former World Cup-winning captain also believes that the third umpire should have a bigger role to play. “If he sees on television that somebody has edged it and is not walking, as nobody walks these days, then he should be on the phone straight away telling the on field umpires that he is out.

I had a chance to discuss a few things with Anil Kumble (current ICC cricket committee chairman) the other day,” said Lloyd, who donated his Test jumper and Test cap to the museum.

For someone who has scored a double century at the Wankhede Stadium in a series decider, it must have been painful for the left-hander to see the entire West Indies team not being able to cross the 200-run mark in both innings last week.

“It was not good. We need to find players who can apply themselves. This team does not have that balance. They need to improve in all aspects of the game,” he said.

When asked about this being a T20 hangover, Lloyd, in a lighter mood, said, “Not hangover. They might have been drunk over T20 cricket.” 

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