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BCCI supports Dhoni on DRS
March 02, 2011

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has lodged a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against its general manager Dave Richardson. In a strongly-worded letter to Haroon Lorgat, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan has virtually asked the ICC CEO to tell Richardson to shut up. Richardson had reportedly made critical remarks against MS Dhoni for his criticism of the DRS system.

“BCCI takes strong objection to Richardson criticising the Indian captain. His comment that the Indian captain should know the rule is out of place. The Indian captain only highlighted the inadequacy of the system and rightly so. It was there for the world to see. For ICC’s representative to criticise a player for his post-match press conference, while the World Cup is being played, is tantamount to pressurising the player. Richardson has no right to do so. The BCCI has strong reservations about the statement made by him. He should be instructed not to react in this fashion,” Srinivasan wrote in his letter.

When asked, Richardson refused to react to the complaint. “I don’t wish to comment further. I’ve not made any critical remarks against Dhoni or anybody,” the ICC official told DNA. Lorgat, too, chose not to react stating that he would prefer to comment on the issue at his next media conference.

Richardson reportedly said that Dhoni was not aware of the rules. “If Dhoni is made aware of the specifications of these rules, then I am sure that he will accept the decision that was made,” Richardson was quoted as saying after the recent controversy over rejection of India’s appeal by on-field Billy Bowlden during India-England match in Bangalore last Sunday.

Srinivasan reiterated the BCCI’s opposition to the system and claimed that the Ian Bell episode has justified their position. “The inadequacy of the UDRS has been exposed. The India-England match was a case in point, which clearly brought this out. The ICC, in consultation with Hawk Eye, formed playing conditions which specifies when the umpire can rely on Hawk Eye and when he cannot. This itself is an admission on the question of reliability of the system, including the ball-tracking technology,” Srinivasan said adding that the suppliers of the Hawk-eye technology themselves felt “a leap of faith” was necessary in order to accept the system.

“The BCCI has not been convinced about the technical adequacy of the system,” he pointed out.

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