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BCCI to continue stance against DRS

Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, has said that there will be no change in the board’s stance over the Decision Review System (DRS), reports ESPNcricinfo.

Indian fans demonstrate about DRS during the tour of Australia in 2014/15

Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, has said that there will be no change in the board’s stance over the Decision Review System (DRS), reports ESPNcricinfo.

"BCCI's (technical committee chairman) Anil Kumble and others had gone to the US to look at the system and see if we can improve it further," Thakur said. "I think there are areas where we can look at and improve it to the next level. If that is possible, the options are never closed."

India’s stance against DRS hurt them in the first Test against Sri Lanka as the on-field umpires were unable to judge LBW decisions on a pitch that helped spinners. Anil Kumble, who heads the ICC cricket committee and Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager, flew to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to discuss the performance of the technology used in cricket, with engineers from the Field Intelligence Lab. 

Virat Kohli, the Indian Test captain has said that is is willing to reconsider the stance on DRS, which his predecessor MS Dhoni had declined in an outright fashion.

DRS not 100% reliable: Thakur

Thakur also said that the Indian players play an integral role in the board’s position against DRS.

"It is not about an individual or an association to be against a system. I think we have to see why we don't have a 100 per cent system, or we have to make (up) our mind that it is not going to be 100 percent.

"If you look at the past few months, you will see that we have lost many matches and then we come back and say 'Oh, we have lost this match, let's look at the DRS'. I think it is not only when we lose a match (that) we should look at the system but we need to look at the overall feasibility of it, whether it is practical, whether it is close to 100 per cent, whether it will help the decision to be implemented. If that is there, we have never closed our mind to that."

If India does change their stance on DRS, it might help their cause in the coming tours, as in the recent past there have been a lot of decisions which have gone against them.   

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