Graeme Pollock, voted South Africa’s best cricketer of the 20th century in 2009, has blasted BCCI for yet again raising a red flag for the universal implementation of the DRS.
Pollock did not spare the ICC either as he slammed the world governing body of the game for not taking on the financial and administrative responsibility to impose the technology. Pollock felt the BCCI’s continuous rejection of the DRS was mainly due to its unsuitability to Indian batsmen.
“It’s ridiculous that India have managed to do this on their own, but it does suggest that DRS favours sides that have lots of good batsmen,” Pollock said.
Pollock was reacting to BCCI’s opposition to the DRS at an ICC board meeting in Kuala Lumpur last week, effectively vetoing the adoption of the system that uses infrared cameras, finely-tuned microphones and ball-tracking devices to aid umpires.
“Essentially, the system does not suit India’s top six (batsmen). You play differently if you’re a batsman, when the review system is in operation,” Pollock told the daily ’Business Day’.
“Misbah had reacted strongly at the meeting in which he was told about his ouster, insisting that he was being treated unfairly and the selectors should give him one good reason for dropping him from the T20 squad,” one source said.
He said at the meeting Misbah accused the selectors of succumbing to pressure from the public and media which believed he did not fit into the T20 format.
Misbah had ranted at the meeting about not being informed properly and respectfully about the decision to change him as T20 captain and later even went to the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf at his residence to lodge a protest.
“Misbah’s contention was that he had accepted charge of the team in all three formats at a tough time for Pakistan cricket and gelled the team together and also produced results. So, there was no justification for ousting him from any format,” the source said.
Pakistan are due to play a series of three ODIs and 3 T20 matches against Australia from next month.