Flower laments lack of reviews

July 28, 2011 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

England coach Andy Flower has criticised the ICC over their reluctance to make a conclusive decision on the Decision Review System.

England are currently locked in a series with India but the Indians reluctance to accept the DRS system has caused much controversy. Currently, both sides have to agree that the system is to be used throughout a system but India have decided against using it in the current series leading to a number of controversial moments.

Flower’s side won the first test comfortably by 196 runs but the victory could have been a lot more convincing if the DRS had been in use after both Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina who were both trapped plumb LBW but were reprieved by umpire Billy Bowden. Those looking at the cricket betting odds will have raised an eyebrow at the decision.

Luckily for Flower, his attack was in superb form and impressively skittled the Indians out on the final day to give themselves a 1-0 lead in the series.

India have previously expressed their discontent with accuracy of the ball tracking systems such as Hawk-Eye and refused to make use of the technology in the series, preferring instead to trust the instincts of the umpires. It has caused much debate among people such as Betfair Michael Vaughan.

However, Flower predicts that sooner or later the ICC’s decision to give individual nations the choice of whether or not to use the system will cause major controversy and he believes the sport’s governing body need to make a decision either way, sooner rather than later.

“It would have been wrong if the outcome of the game had been seriously affected by a couple of those decisions and it was quite right that, luckily, we did continue to create chances,” he said.

“It’s unsatisfactory the way it is, there is no doubt about that.”


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