We are nowhere closer to convincing the BCCI to adopt the DRS, says David Richardson

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The BCCI is the only cricket board against the use of the DRS

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has announced that he is nowhere closer to convincing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adopt the Decision Review System (DRS) for all of their matches.

Richardson believes the ICC are a “long way” from persuading the Indian board, but added that the addition of former leg-spinner Anil Kumble to the ICC could be hugely beneficial as he was captain of the national team when the DRS was first implemented in a match in 2008 against Sri Lanka.

“They are a long way from saying ‘it’s a good idea,” Richardson told Test Match Special. “I don’t think it’s necessarily only the administrators, say people like Anil Kumble for example. He’s going to take some persuading.

“He [Kumble] was captain of the India team when they first trialled it and the technology wasn’t very good. The players weren’t used to it so every time the Indians asked for a review it went against them.

“I think it was Sehwag or one of their star batsmen who was given out by mistake by ball-tracking. It’s going to take a lot of influencing. So Kumble is a very influential guy in Indian cricket at the moment, he is on their technical committee, their working group. He’s also now the chairman of our [ICC] cricket committee. Once these people start to see the benefits of DRS, that influence will probably filter back to the Tendulkars and the Dhonis. And once they are convinced, then the administrators will follow.”

Richardson was also excited about the World Test Championship, which is scheduled to take place in 2017, and has been created in an attempt to bring back Test cricket’s glory days.

“Once the Champions Trophy is finished, we’ll then make an effort to really promote the road to the World Test Championship finals,” Richardson said. “Every series that gets played [between 2013 and 2017] will essentially be counting to the qualification for the Test championship.

“It’s a four-year period. We’ll start playing all the Test series in 2013 and around about January 2016 or 2017 will be the cut-off time. The top four at that time will go through to the semi-finals to be played in England in June or July in 2017.”

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