MCC wants India included in review system

The MCC World Cricket Committee said on Tuesday it was wrong that the Decision Review System (DRS) was not used in matches involving India.

The Committee has urged the ICC to ensure uniformity on the implementation of the Decision Review System.

Chairman Mike Brearley said  that the power of India in world cricket was a factor.

“We did discuss that general topic,” he said.

“The situation about the DRS is key for us because we’re focusing on the cricket and there is an example where the governance, in a very direct way, affects what you see on a cricket field.

“Because of the governance and because of the power of India and because of the fact that other countries we understand won’t willingly or easily stand up to India, we have this situation that we don’t like, that we have the DRS in place, which improves the accuracy of decision making, except when India are playing.”

MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said it was encouraging that India had called for more testing of technology.

“It’s being undertaken at the moment at Cambridge University with MCC staff in the background,” he said.

“We’re hoping that once that research has been undertaken the report will go back to the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India will start to buy into it. We’re hoping to get to the stage where India will have no choice but to get into line with everyone else.”

MCC supports the ICC’s efforts to maintain & improve the DRS along the lines – reviews initiated by the players – that have been established so far.

Whilst understanding the reasons for the delay in the possible staging of a World Test Championship in 2013 (because of existing contractual obligations with ICC’s TV partner), WCC members were unanimously disappointed with the fact that no place has been found for a World Test Championship play-off until 2017.

The committee is and continues to be convinced that Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport, & that it needs to be encouraged & marketed in every way possible.

The committee continues to support: the idea of experimenting with day/night Test matches, and the idea of making more room in the calendar for Test matches.

The committee urges ICC to ensure that all future ICC Twenty20 World Cups comprise 16 teams, rather than the 12 that will compete in the 2012 tournament.

The committee is uncomfortable with the recent ICC decision to ban runners, & uneasy about the abuse of the Law relating to substitute fielders.

The committee applauds ICC’s efforts to encourage umpires to allow play to continue when light is not perfect, especially when artificial lights have been switched on.

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