Mumbai: The BCCI on Monday made it clear that Decision Review System (DRS) in its current form is unacceptable to the cricket board and they will raise this issue in the upcoming ICC meetings.

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"Initially, we were reluctant to use the DRS as we didn't have faith in Ball Tracking technology. After the current series it has been evident that even Hot Spot is not fully accurate", N Srinivisan, who took over as the president from Shashank Manohar, told a press conference after the Board's Annual General Meeting here.

"We have decided not to use DRS in its current form. The outgoing president Sashank Manohar had raised this issue at the earlier ICC meetings and I will also raise in the future meetings," Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan also said that Sunil Gavaskar has written to the BCCI to be relieved from the post of chairman of technical committee.

"Mr Gavaskar has written to us that he has been on the technical committee for seven years and it's time that we search for a fresh face. It is our intention to appoint Sourav Ganguly as the chairman of the technical committee. We haven't yet been able to contact him but hopefully he will give his consent," Srinivasan stated.

Asked about the logic behind appointing Mohinder Amarnath as the selector from North Zone as he has not been in any cricket-related committee (save IPL GC) since his retirement in 1989, Srinivasan answered: "I don't think anybody would dispute his qualification to be in the selection committee."

The new president also defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys performance in England where the team failed to win a single international match in all three formats.

"Two months back, they were the heroes of the world and toast of the entire nation. They have just had one bad series and we can't readily dump them after that. We need to support the team," he said.

Srinivasan rubbished the "too much workload" theory stating that contrary to popular notion that Team India plays lot more than other countries, there is not much of a difference.

"We have compared the itinerary of the other countries and there is not much difference. Also, it must be mentioned question of workload doesn't arise as only few players are playing all the three forms of cricket," he explained.

Srinivasan reiterated that BCCI is focussed on having a systematic structure on injury management issues.

"We have made it clear to the physio that an utmost transparency and honesty should be maintained in terms of fitness of players. And if you look at the last three years, you will find that those players who have not been cleared by the NCA haven't been selected in the national squad," he said in response to a query about players breaking down due to injuries after declaring themselves fit.

"The idea is to field the best Indian team. We can't wait to get back to the top spot. This tour (England) didn't go as per plan as we didn't have our best team together."

Asked about the much awaited Indo-Pak series, Srinivasan informed that there is nothing much on the table at the moment.

BCCI to oppose 'Hot Spot' too at next ICC meet

Raising the ante against the controversial Decision Review System in the aftermath of the incidents on the recent England tour, the Cricket Board on Monday decided to oppose the 'Hot Spot' technology too along with the ball tracking system which it has consistently been against.

"We were extremely reluctant to implement the DRS and had no belief in the ball tracking system. BCCI is not averse to technology and agreed to a minimum usage of DRS including 'Hot Spot' at the last ICC meeting in Hong Kong," said N Srinivasan after taking over the reins of the BCCI from Shashank Manohar on Monday.

"We were under the impression that 'Hot Spot' was very good. It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of 'Hot Spot". It was there for everybody to see.

"The BCCI will raise this issue at the next ICC meeting. We want to revisit it as we feel 'Hot Spot' is insufficient technology and therefore we would request (ICC) that it be revised. This is the position we will take", said Srinivasan.

"At the last meeting Mr Manohar had opposed DRS before laying down office and at the next meeting I will do it," he added.

The BCCI's ire on DRS has increased following the controversial dismissals of India's mainstay on the tour, Rahul Dravid, through 'Hot Spot'.

In an another incident, V V S Laxman was declared not out by this technology only for former England captain Michael Vaughan to question the batsman's integrity by accusing him of having used Vaseline on the bat's edges to beat 'Hot Spot' technology.

At the AGM, Sanjay Jagdale of MPCA,  Pradesh's Anurag Thakur and Maharashtra's Ajay Shirke were elected unopposed as secretary, joint secretary and treasurer respectively of the country's richest sports body.

Two new vice presidents - Chitrak Mitra and Sudhir Dabir representing East and Central zones - were also elected without any fight along with Arun Jaitley (North), Shivlal Yadav (South) and Niranjan Shah (West).

The senior selection panel was also recast with 1983 World Cup hero Mohinder Amarnath being the lone new face in the five-man committee replacing Yashpal Sharma from North Zone.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, of South, would continue to be its chairman while three other committee members – Surendra Bhave (West), Narendra Hirwani (Central) and Raja Venkat (East) were also re-appointed for one more year.

The indications are that Amarnath, son of former India skipper Lala, would take over as the chairman of the panel when Srikkanth's term ends next September along with those of the other three panel members.

Amarnath's place in the IPL Governing Council was taken by outgoing treasurer M P Pandove, a former first class cricketer, while Ravi Shastri would remain as the second cricketer in the BCCI sub-committee which would be headed by Rajiv Shukla, Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan also said that Sunil Gavaskar had stepped down from the chairmanship of the Technical Committee and would be replaced by another former India skipper Saurav Ganguly after getting his consent to accept the post.

(Agencies)