Decision Review System to be in focus at next week's ICC meeting
The system has come under scrutiny in recent times with a number of decisions sparking doubts and controversy during the Ashes series in England in July-August. It is believed that the ECB and CA have called for the fresh discussion, though neither board wants it to be scrapped.
The Decision Review System (DRS) will be discussed in detail at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executives' Committee meeting in Dubai on Monday and Tuesday (September 16 and 17).
The system has come under scrutiny in recent times with a number of decisions sparking doubts and controversy during the Ashes series in England in July-August. It is believed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) have called for the fresh discussion, though neither board wants it to be scrapped.
Speaking to Wisden India, an ICC spokesperson confirmed this, adding, "The discussion will be on how to make the DRS more effective."
The perceived inconsistency of the HotSpot technology, one of the components of DRS, led to a number of decisions during the Ashes coming under the microscope. The review is expected to include an evaluation of HotSpot as well as a decision on whether to include 'Snicko' technology under the ambit of the DRS.
That aside, the Stuart Broad incident in Trent Bridge, where Aleem Dar, the onfield umpire, missed a thick edge but the decision stood because the Australians had exhausted their reviews, will be discussed. CA has reportedly suggested that when an appeal is adjudged 'umpire's call', the team that has challenged the decision should not lose a review.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has always voted against the implementation of DRS and, as a result, bilateral series involving India are played without DRS. So far, the ICC has allowed boards involved in bilateral series to decide whether to use DRS or not, but that will also come up for discussion during the meeting.