Cricket Australia slams BCCI for opposing DRS

Dec 31, 2011, 07:06 IST | A Correspondent
Taking a dig at Indian cricketers and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said that only a few awful decisions against India would perhaps change their stance on the Decision Review System (DRS). 

Michael Hussey reacts after given out on Day One of the Melbourne 
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Since the very beginning, CA was in favour of the DRS to be used for the India-Australia series, but the Indian Board was against it and so it couldn't be implemented. Sutherland was of opinion that DRS should be introduced in all international matches. "The technology is here, the viewers are watching it on television and we're not using it. Perhaps, we need some pretty awful decisions to go against Indian batsmen," Sutherland was quoted as saying by The Age. 

James Sutherland

However, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't find the DRS foolproof and said he would respect the decision of the umpires. "They don't need to go into their shell after giving a wrong decision. They should be consistent and give their decisions boldly. At the same time, we must understand that they are doing a tough job," he said. 

"This is a game in which people commit mistakes. If the bowler doesn't commit a mistake the batsman can't get runs. If the batsman doesn't commit a mistake the bowler doesn't get a wicket. So we'll make umpires too part of it," Dhoni told Cricinfo.

Maintaining his faith in umpires, Dhoni said, "We come back to our dressing room after bowling and only two batsmen go out to bat, but these are the people who stand there for five days," he further added. 

Dhoni, meanwhile, took a swipe at the International Cricket Council for constantly advocating for use of technology. "You'll have to see what exactly the ICC sees as correct decisions. Giving a boundary is a correct decision; that also goes in favour of the umpires. You have to categorically say this is what it is," he said. 

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