Kumble’s role was imp in convincing BCCI for DRS: Geoff

Dubai: Geoff Allardice, International Cricket Council (ICC) general manager today stated that India’s head coach Anil Kumble played a significant role in convincing a reluctant Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adopt the Decision Review System (DRS) on a trial basis in the upcoming home Test series against England.

“The fact that he was subsequently appointed as Indian coach; he obviously has that background going into his coaching position. He’s been very instrumental in the process that we’ve taken with the assessment of technology and the approval process and new technologies and things like that; he’s taken a methodical approach,” Allardice said during a telephonic conference ahead of the India-England Test series.

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“He has been very supportive of the project. He was also in the ICC Cricket Committee meeting in May last year when the results when the majority of the tests were presented.”

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“He was aware of the cricket committee’s position, which was that they wanted a more consistent use of technology across international matches.”

India will be using DRS in the upcoming five-Test series, and then ICC will hold a meeting in early February to prepare a roadmap for the use of the technology further.