A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: ICC cannot force BCCI to implement DRS during series, says David Richardson

The BCCI have always had a negative view towards the DRS

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) newly elected chief executive David Richardson has announced that he nor any of the other members of the council can force the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to use the Decision Review System (DRS) during their series against other nations.

The ICC, recently refused to accept the recommendations made by its chief executives committee (CEC), which wants the DRS to be mandatory during all international cricket tours.

The ICC, are still sticking to their old policy of allowing the DRS to be used during series only when both playing nations respective cricket boards have agreed to using the technology during the matches.

Richardson, stated that he would not drag the BCCI into implementing the technology if they did not want to.

“The point is that the BCCI need to make that decision for themselves. It’s never good to take anyone kicking and screaming to do anything, The introduction of technology has always been controversial… but slowly but surely that’s changed and I think we’re pretty much at that point where everyone is accepting, certainly at international level,” Richardson said.

Richardson, also noted that he was pleased to see a majority of countries using the technology during their series, but warned that no action of any sort would be taken on nations that do not want to use the DRS.

“I don’t think (the decision is) negative at all. We’ll be seeing DRS used in the majority of series going forward and there would be no sense in forcing anything upon anybody,” he added.

With India still refusing to budge on their views towards the DRS, Richardson told reporters that he would not make it a priority to see India use the DRS during all of their series.

“The bottom line is the ICC Board determines policy for the ICC going forward. I don’t think it will involve any special negotiations with India. A lot is made of that but there are 10 full members and I think our task is a lot more simple and a lot more practical than these high-level talks you might imagine,” he said.

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