|The voice of cricket?|
This has all stemmed from the ICC Executive meeting this week where it was put to a vote that the home side, should they so wish, be allowed the choice of whether the DRS can be allowed. At present both sides have to agree for it to be used and India have been one of the leading voices against change, claiming that the technology could be easily manipulated and can be unreliable.
Giles Clarke of the ECB was the only one who had the bollocks to stand up to the BCCI, and says this needs further discussion whilst the other boards showed as much spine as a jellyfish, pushing the issue to the side in a similar way to Adele with a salad!
The reason for this? Money. Pure and simple. India has the most followers of cricket in the world. Therefore TV rights are huge and if you disagree with the BCCI, they tend to say it is my bat, my ball so go and play with someone else. This results in the loss of hundreds of thousands of rupees in the pockets of the nations, so therefore India are holding the gun to the head of the rest of the world. If India suddenly refuse to play a home and away series against some of the smaller countries, it is the difference between them surviving or not.
Money, in my own personal opinion is also the reason why India claim the technology is not right. Hawkeye funnily enough was developed and owned by a British company. Hot Spot was developed and owned by an Australian company. My advice is go and see one of the numerous illegal turf accountants that operate in India, who like to have a wager on this fine game of ours and stick your mortgage on technology being BCCI sponsored in the near future, made by an Indian company. Money talks and it sucks!
Their excuse that it is not good enough is bollocks too. If it is good enough to use in military warfare, surely it is good enough for a Test match? It is also ever improving and the Real Time Snicko (RTS) that will come out later this year during the Ashes, will take the Hot Spot technology to a different level.
The Board of Cosseting Cash Incessantly as they were described by one wag on Twitter this week, need to be stood up to, as they are ruining the game and I can see a split in world cricket coming up soon. Those who will play with India, and those who play with England.
That my friends, which include many Indians, would be a very sad day for the game.