Decision Review System: BCCI Unmoved Over Insufficient Technology
BCCI have been avoiding DRS from the very beginning and not satisfied with its accuracy, however it give a approval at last to the Decision Review System (DRS).
BCCI was the last Cricket Board to accept its usage during Cricket matches. In 2011, DRS was used in the test series between India and England. However, the hotspot results were debatable and controversial. BCCI was not at all happy and not used further. In the Rajkot test match against England in 2016, BCCI (India) officially adopted DRS finally and since then it has got proved as a crucial and essential technology for several tough decisions.
DRS use several technologies like ball-tracker, Snicko-meter and hotspot to verify and correct the errors made by the umpires and they can corrected immediately. However, Umpire’s call of DRS has received huge criticism over years as DRS heavily rely on it. One instance is that, If the batsman has given not out by the umpire and the ball is just hitting the stumps and less than 50% of the ball is hitting the stumps, then the batsman will be not-out on the review.
If the ball has broken the stump/stumps, then why should the batsman remain not out? This debate has gone to maximum. To solve this serious issue, ICC made a rule that if the DRS decision is a umpire’s call, then the review will not be lost.
However, it always requires a strong presence of mind of the players to use their reviews. They can turn the game and can be very crucial at some stages in the cricket.
DRS technology is supposed to make the work easier. However, But at times it creates more mess rather than solving the problem.
DRS proved why it cannot be trusted hundred per cent in the third and fourth ODIs of the Paytm One-Day series between India and Australia. The ball-tracker suffered a technical glitch in the second ODI. Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper got hit on the pads while playing Kuldeep Yadav on the leg side and the umpire decision was out.
But, Finch was unhappy and went for the review. But there was some technical inaccuracy with the ball-tracker and it showed that Finch was out.
The delivery from Kuldeep Yadav was actually pitching in the line of the middle stump and was supposed to turn back into the right-hander. However, the ball-tracker’s visuals that the ball was pitching on the leg stump and went straight to hit the leg-stump. It was very clear that the visuals were inaccurate; the use of this technology came under scrutiny with this incident.
The previous controversy was not solved yet and another controversy popped up, this time in the latest fourth ODI of the India vs. Australia series. Ashton Turner was playing really well and then Yuzvendra Chahal threw a delivery which is wide outside off-stump and Turner missed it. Rishabh Pant was the wicket keeper and thought that the batsman had edged it and went for the appeal. Snicko-meter was used to test the edge, it showed disturbances when the ball passed the bat, which means that there was an edge. However, it showed some disturbances when the ball was yet to reach the bat and also after passing the bat. This was another technical glitch and due to the lack of conclusive evidence, the third umpire had to give it not-out. If that decision was out, India would have won that game. Virat Kohli, The Indian captain was very dissatisfied over the technology as it is giving inconsistent results.
Finally, teams are definitely relying heavily on DRS; its usage has come under the scanner with such major errors. These errors surely decide the outcome of the game. Technology should increase the accuracy of results in the game. If that is not happening relying completely on technology is not a good idea.