18 Jul 2013

MCC wants TV companies to lose control of DRS

8:31 am on 18 July 2013

The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club has backed a call from former Australia captain Ian Chappell for the sport's authorities to take control of the controversial Decision Review System away from the broadcasters.

The DRS came under fire during England's dramatic 14-run win against Australia in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge last week.

England were incensed when third umpire Marais Erasmus, overturned Aleem Dar's not out lbw verdict against Jonathan Trott, despite not having the full range of DRS replays available to him.

It later emerged that as the host broadcaster was using the side-on Hot Spot replay to look at the dismissal of Joe Root the ball before, the technology was not available to Erasmus when the Trott decision was referred to him.

The MCC panel, made up mainly of eminent former players, recommended the ownership of the DRS process be given to the International Cricket Council rather than the television companies, and that the system be adopted worldwide.

Cricket powerhouse India has long objected to DRS and, consequently, it plays no part in matches involving the Asian giants.

The MCC, which owns Lord's, stopped running the English first-class game in 1969 but retains worldwide responsibilty for cricket's rulebook or Laws.