Saturday, 18 June 2011

DRS' Improved Version

DRS debate has been re-ignited and in the past 2 weeks almost everything has been said about the DRS by  players, Cricket Board officials, cricket bloggers and fans alike. The cricket world is divided on the issue and everyone is suggesting reforms of his own. As a cricket lover, I hereby, try to list some of the few changes needed in DRS so that it can be used in Cricket.

1. First one is the obvious, use Hawkeye, hotspot and snickometer together. The use of the 3 technologies simultaneously provide an almost error free review of all the decisions in cricket. Error cannot be made zero, uncertainities will be there but what is important is these are minimized which is possible only if all the 3 technologies are used together.

2. The second one is related to the first one. The review system is handled by the Board and the broadcasters and the cost of technologies like hot spot runs into millions which some boards are reluctant to do while some are not in a position to do it. Thus the reform needed is that the ICC must be in-charge of the review system and it should ensure that all the 3 technologies are there. They should support the "not so rich" boards financially while the ultra rich must be forced to do so.

3. In the ball tracking system, emphasis should also be given to the nature of the pitch and the spot where the ball pitches. Afterall cricket is hugely influenced by the nature of the pitch then why not consider it while reviewing a decision. It woud help predict whether there are chances of ball bouncing high or it staying low or the ball might spin if it is a rough patch.

4. There should be introduction of a margin of error % or probability of uncertainity in whether the ball is hitting the stumps in case of LBW decisions. A particular value should be set  which would determine whether the batsman must be given out or not. It will help determine the accuracy of the review and whether there are more chances of ball hitting the stumps or not.

These are some of the changes that should be brought in DRS to make the review system highly accurate. There might be many more. The system is based on predicting the trajectory of ball so it can never be 100 % accurate but what can be done is that the level of inaccuracy can be minimised. Only then would DRS be truly a "REVIEW SYSTEM".

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