KUALA LUMPUR: World cricket chiefs Wednesday rejected a new move to make decision review technology compulsory and put off talks on wide-ranging reforms following opposition from powerful India.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) board also called for a global, lifetime corruption ban for Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for his role in an English spot-fixing scandal, during annual talks in Kuala Lumpur.
It gave no reason for the latest decision to reject compulsory use of the Decision Review System (DRS), which uses ball-tracking and thermal-imaging technology to check whether batsmen should be given out.
But India, which provides the bulk of the sport’s global revenues, had come out strongly against the recommendation which was put forward by the ICC’s own chief executives earlier this week.
“The ICC board agreed to continue with the present arrangement where the two competing nations in a bilateral series decide on the use of DRS,” a statement said.
India, who wield unmatched influence in the ICC thanks to profits from their huge huge fan-base, torpedoed a similar bid for mandatory DRS at last year’s annual talks, where it was controversially made optional.
India, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, have been deeply suspicious of DRS since a number of reviews went against them in their 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka. Other countries have voiced strong support for the technology.
India is also a renowned opponent of reforms to the ICC set out in a self-commissioned review, which slammed the body as a “members’ club” with too much power held by key countries.
On Wednesday, the board said “informal discussions” on the changes would take place at the next board meeting in Sri Lanka in October.
The ICC board also approved minor changes to one-day internationals, including allowing two bouncers per over and changes to the timing of power plays.
The world cricket body’s talks wrap up on Thursday with a meeting of the ICC council.
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