India must put politics aside & embrace DRS technology

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The current Test series between England and India has been awash with umpiring howlers.

The first one that springs to mind is Matt Prior at Trent Bridge, who was adjudged out caught behind when his bat was nowhere near the ball, but there have been many, many more.

Too many errors

Ballance was strolling to a century in Southampton before being mugged by the umpire. Nobody is saying umpiring is an easy job, but too many poor errors have been made by the men in charge over the summer thus far.

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Of course, in most international games that would not have a great impact upon the match with players being able to refer the decision and have it overturned within minutes.

Unsuccessful appeals

However, that is not the case when it comes to India playing Test cricket. The BCCI continue to rebuke and refuse to use this system.

The first series in which this technology played a part must have left an unwelcome taste in the mouth, when India only made one successful referral out of a glut of twenty back in 2008; a fact that is perhaps still somewhere at the back of the BCCI's collective mind.

But surely no cricket fan or administrator wants to see games being won or lost because of an erroneous umpiring decision.

Dark ages
In a modern world where technology plays such a key role, it seems churlish to forbade the use of the DRS as the BCCI continue to do. However, one should never forget the weight that politics carry in today's society either.

The BCCI are the dominant force at cricket's equivalent of a cabinet, widely seen with as much adoration by the public as David Cameron, and are happy to throw their weight around to get their own way.

Power struggle

The ICC need to exert the seemingly small amount of power they have and help convince the BCCI to move forward with the rest of the world and embrace the DRS.
Of course, with good, reliable umpires at the helm the lack of this technology would not matter. But the standard of umpiring at points in this series has been shocking and inexcusable, highlighting that DRS should be there as a safety net for the horror show of mistakes that can potentially be made.

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