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Ravi Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers'

The Indian team are willing to accept a system without the ball tracker for lbws and where the call for a review is not in the hands of the players

Melbourne: India cricketers’ stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of “howlers”.

Team India Director Ravi Shastri
Team India Director Ravi Shastri

Former captain Shastri was quoted as saying by The Australian that as a member of the ICC Technical Committee he has told the apex body that his board is open to using a modified DRS.

“I have always said that a player should not have to beg for a review,” Shastri said. “The issue for us is the extent of technology used, by whom and when,” he told the daily. Shastri said the idea of the “umpire’s call” for lbws was also unacceptable.

Shastri, who famously scored a double century at the SCG in Shane Warne’s Test debut way back in the 1991-92 series, said that the DRS should be “used for howlers” as it was initially introduced and that the call should be made by the third umpire.

The 52-year-old Shastri was quoted saying that there was mistrust over the ball-tracking technology and that he did not believe it could judge the turn or bounce of the ball on a wicket where that can be so variable as the game continues.

According to the paper, the Indian team are willing to accept a system without the ball tracker for lbws and where the call for a review is not in the hands of the players.

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