ICC boss Lorgat calls on cricket nations to challenge dominant BCCI's decisions

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2012 06:50 hrs

International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has called on nations, including Australia, to be strong enough to challenge India on key issues such as the Decision Review System and the delayed global Test championship.

India is the dominant force in world cricket due its formidable financial and political position, but Lorgat said nations need to voice their views before the Board of Council for Cricket in India to make decisions in the best interests of the game.

"It's not the strength of India that should be of concern, it should be the weakness of the others, because good governance is about everybody being able to stand on their own feet," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

His statement came after the ICC suffered embarrassment over India rejecting the the use of the DRS over doubts on the accuracy of the technology, and deferring of the Test Championship till 2017.

It is believed that Cricket Australia, which had earlier backed the tournament, withdrew from holding the event in 2013 when it emerged that it would have to take a short-term financial hit because of the existing broadcast deal with ESPN Star Sports.

"We had pre-sold our rights through to 2015 and in order to convert the Champions Trophy to a Test championship it would have meant a small financial sacrifice which the board was not willing to make, and hence we deferred it to 2017 which was in the new rights cycle," Lorgat said.

He also expressed hope that the DRS will be accepted by all cricket nations soon.

"I think we will get to a point where DRS will be acceptable to all member boards. I think we need to be patient and we need to convince those who are not convinced about the accuracy of the technology," Lorgat said.

"In fact, we have commissioned an independent review to test the accuracy of ball-tracking but for now it's the two participating nations that decide. I think it would have been far better had we had consistent application but we need to convince those who are skeptical," he added. (ANI)

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