Despite criticism from players and officials, the International Cricket Council (ICC) still believe the Duckworth/Lewis method is the best way to determine results of rain-affected matches. Recently, it refused to adopt the VJD method devised by Indian civil engineer V Jayadevan. Not only are the ICC sticking to a flawed system, they are also indicating that the present method is invincible.
The VJD system too may not be error-free, but at least it deserves to be tried out just like the several recommendations made by the ICC’s Cricket Committee. Jayadevan accuses cricket’s ruling body of being biased. He claims he has not been given enough opportunity to present his case. Surely, his method deserved better recognition after making his presentation to the ICC in Hong Kong a few years ago. Fair play must start from the men who run cricket, but Jayadevan discovered in Hong Kong that the person who was backing the Duckworth Lewis method was at the same meeting.
Sharad Pawar, who heads the ICC must take notice of the open letter Jayadevan has written to him through the media. Pawar may not be successful in convincing member boards of the VJD system’s advantages, but at least he could arrange for a discussion involving neutral parties.
And by the way, how about asking international captains on what they feel about VJD? Players may not decide on playing conditions, but their suggestions will be critical in ensuring a level playing field.
Hopefully, the VJD system is not being stalled because its creator is an Indian. After all, the Indian board is accused of having too much of a say in cricket affairs and is always reminded of its tough and dogmatic stance on the Decision Review System. While that may be true, the ICC should put the interests of the game before anything else.
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