The news that the India South Africa series will not be using the UDRS has upset the South African captain who believes it is the ICC, and not any governing body ( read: the BCCI ) who should be dictating the use of the Umpire Decision Review System technology in the sport.
In essence, Graeme Smith raises some of the points made by Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, when the BCCI and the Indian cricketers refused to use the UDRS for the Border Gavaskar Trophy as well.
Graeme Smith feels that there has been too much speculation and uncertainty over the use of the UDRS and feels than rather than one board deciding in favour or against, the consistency of the use of technology in the sport can only come about if the premier governing body, the ICC, makes the decision on its sole discretion.
Smith reiterated Ponting’s similar claim that the inconsistent use of the UDRS from one series to another was causing a great deal of consternation amongst players who have to keep readjusting to the presence or absence of it.
Smith also feels that the only way the flaws in the system can be rectified is if the UDRS is used enough to know what is working for it and what is working against it. Smith makes a valid point because at the moment, it is the BCCI and team India that are outrightly rejecting the notion while Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka have also complained about the BCCI using its clout to ensure that the UDRS is not in place, even when it is the prerogative of the host nation to convince the visitors.